#dh101 The State of The Art • 2 books: – “Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling” by Jason Mittel – “Everything Bad is Good for You: How Todays Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter” by Steven Johnson • Visualization of narrative complexity: – Lostalgic – Moviegalaxies – xkcd
#dh101 Definition Of A Research Question • Did narrative complexity in TV series increase? increase over the last 20 years? • 1928: very first TV show: Queens Messenger • 80s/90s: NYPD Blue, Seinfeld http://www.earlytelevision.org/queens_messenger.html
#dh101 Definition Of A Research Question • Did narrative complexity in TV series increase over the last 20 years? – technology – experience
#dh101 Definition Of A Research Question • Does narrative complexity vary based on the genre of series? http://girlstalkinsmack.com/lost-to-live-on-as-a-theme-park/ http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100425195709/bigbangtheory/images/5/5a/Season_2_Promo _Pic.jpg
#dh101 Definition Of A Research Question • Do more people tend to watch more complex and elaborate series? • Or does the majority prefer simple forms of entertainment, a series that doesn’t require them to watch every single episode?
#dh101 Series • Past: – Twin Peaks – Black Adder – NYPD Blue – ER – Beverly Hills 90210
#dh101 Series • Present: – Battlestar Gallactica – Desperate Housewives – Dexter – Game of Thrones – Breaking Bad – Big Bang Theory
#dh101 Narrative complexity? • 3 factors – Number of characters – Number of places – Number of narrative threads
#dh101 Narrative threads • Number • In parallel/concomitant • Time continuity?
#dh101 Gathering data • Assumption: a series doesn’t change significantly during its lifetime – Especially if they are successful! • Watch only view the first episode – Extrapolate – Use prior knowledge of the series
#dh101 Gathering data • Keep track of: – Character appearances and interactions – Place changes – Narrative threads • which is being shown currently – time frame • Single / multiple • Use prior knowledge as final identification criteria
#dh101 Visualizing • Character visualization – Graph based – Indentify clusters