Agency and Storytelling
Thursday, March 29 4:45 PM-5:15 PM Location: Edison E
Abstract: This paper argues that interactive and immersive spaces in online journalism are a form of enhancing storytelling that enables the viewer the opportunity to build knowledge and develop a critical thinking on social events. In order to do so, the close reading method was applied to investigate how agency evolves when the viewer decides to move the camera on The Displaced web site. Thus, the first step was to observe facts and details about the artifact. Therefore, each segment of the film was deconstructed in terms of agency. The results indicated that every time the viewers are asked to take part in the storytelling they become part of the story not as authors but as interactors. As interactors, they can perceive agency because they master choice. Although the interaction is based on very simple actions, like moving the camera, the 360o camera becomes a portal to an immersive experience.