Be the first to like this
This chapter considers how some popular dramatic conventions can accommodate contemporary and emerging digital media forms. Increasingly, the media forms regarded as ‘everyday’ are based on digital technology and networks that have moved from computers in academic and government settings into a range of devices for domestic and personal use. Digital media are everywhere, “taken up by diverse populations and non-institutionalized practices, including the peer activities of youth” (Ito et al., 2008, p. vii).
As its starting point this chapter takes the widely used conventions and techniques for structuring drama outlined in the books Structuring drama work (Neelands & Goode, 2000) and Beginning drama 11-14 (Neelands, 2004). Many of the drama conventions discussed in those books make use of, or are modeled upon cultural uses of, common media forms. In some cases the digital media forms suggested here are presented simply as being a more contemporary form to substitute directly, for example making use of an email message rather than a letter or facsimile. In other cases, the media forms suggested can be considered as a means by which the drama activity itself can be conducted, for example making use of a discussion forum as the means by which participants can engage in a drama activity beyond being physically present in the same space.
As with the drama conventions, the digital media forms and possible applications here are presented as a selection of elements and ideas that individuals and practitioners can adopt and adapt in whatever ways are appropriate to them. They are presented here as a means of thinking about the possible advantages of mixing established drama forms with new technologies.
DRAFT version. This is a preprint copy of the book chapter:
Cameron, D. (2009). Mashup: Digital media and drama conventions. In M. Anderson, J. Carroll & D. Cameron (Eds.), Drama education with digital technology (pp. 52 - 66). London: Continuum.