As we ramp up here at CH, we’ll continue to post quotes and POVs that have helped steer mash-up, ARG and DIY culture over the past ten years. One of the first voices to emerge was Sean Stewart’s. A novelist, Sean was one of the writers for “The Beast”, worked on several prominent ARGs for 42 Entertainment and now sets up shop at a studio he cofounded.
His personal site includes a brief, undated, description of the origins and benefits of interactive fiction. I think it nicely converges with the spirit this blog will cultivate.
“One way of looking at novels is to say, ‘This is the kind of art that emerges from the platform of the printing press.’ Over many centuries, great writers have explored all the ways the arrangement of words on paper can entertain, enlighten, delight and console us.
Similarly, movies can be understood as the art form that arises from the existence of the motion picture camera. Artistically, a lot of what the 20th century was about was the exploration of the strengths and weaknesses of that medium. It does not lend itself, like a Henry James novel, to unwinding the labyrinths of our interior monologues—but on the other hand films have a visual intensity and dynamic charge Henry James can’t approach.
The internet is another platform for art. Like books and films it has strengths and weaknesses. Loosely speaking, the internet is structured around two behaviors: searching for stuff, and gossiping about it.”
Read the rest of the essay here.
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