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Posted 2007-10-09 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Former Perplex City ops-team member Guy Parsons has posted a web version of a recent presentation entitled "Text, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll," wherein he engagingly argues that stories can become more participatory by injecting rock'n'roll--loosely defined in the context of his presentation as "jumping off the author's stage and diving headlong into the crowd..." -- a crowd Parsons knows (as do others in the ARG, live-game, and participatory fiction space) from first-hand experience is capable of "waiting to catch you with open arms" and co-authoring the experience.

I'd like to see more rock'n'roll in more forms of media, but I don't think that sort of mashup is necessarily a superior form of culture. I'm a bit tired of futurists telling us how one-way media is "dead," but I think Parson's barking up the right tree in explaining why participatory culture is an attractive and satisfying option for engaging contemporary audiences.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Guy Parsons
October 9, 2007 @ 11:21 pm
     
 
Thanks for the link, Tony!

I agree with your latter point - there will always, *always* be a market for well-crafted, one-way media, and to continue the analogy, that's why people buy records. But live shows have their own unique magic too, and that's why I think there might be a place for this sort of thing across different media in future - particularly digitally, because it lets you replicate the live, human element, while getting around the physical restrictions of getting everybody in the same place at the same time :-)
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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