This week’s reading focuses on digital stories, which are “narratives built from the stuff of cyberculture.”¹ I decided to read the chapter “No Story Is a Single Thing; or, The Networked Book” that discusses storytelling in the social media realm. In this case, it is described as “the networked book,” which is “where content and audience interaction if distributed over multiple sites and across time.”² The chapter reveals the different forms that the networked book can take, such as wiki pages, blog posts, YouTube videos, etc. Hyperlinking plays an intricate role within a networked book, because the site is structured with departments, categories or tags that are all clickable. Another aspect of the networked book can include user contribution, examples of this could be blog comments, as well as creating your own content within the site.
As I was reading the chapter I immediately thought about the Game of Thrones Wiki. This site uses many of the aspects of the networked book. The site is an online community about the HBO television series, and following the wiki format, is user generated. The site is organized through departments, such as: Episodes, characters, culture & society, and production. It also includes sections hosting videos, images, chat, blogs, and forums. There are sections for recommended articles with clickable links, there are polls that are used to gather information about what the community predicts for future episodes. Game of Thrones Wiki is a platform that allows visitors to “build materials in a collaborative space.”³
I came across the site when I was googling the books, which also has its own wiki site, A Wiki of Ice and Fire. I found a link within that site that lead me to the Game of Thrones wiki, highlighting how “finding network stories occurs in a social framework of discovery and collaboration.”4
Both webpages use the same format and are easy to navigate. If I’m reading about a specific character, let’s say Davos Seaworth, his bio contains hypertext that will lead me to other sections within the site. His page provides me with specific information, from the first time he appears in the show to whether he is alive or dead, all with clickable links that can lead you to more information, articles, pictures, or even other sites. I find this site to be useful and well-made and a great example of a networked book.
- Bryan Alexander, The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011), 3.
- Ibid., 127.
- Ibid., 135.