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We’re happy and we know it : Documentary: Data: Montage

Dovey, Jon; Dovey, Jonathan; Rose, Mandy

Authors

Jon Dovey

Jon Dovey Jonathan.Dovey@uwe.ac.uk
Research Centre Director DCRC/ Professor

Mandy Rose Mandy.Rose@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Documentary and Digital Cultures



Abstract

This article is concerned with the social praxis of documentary in the sea of ‘ubiquitous data’ that is both consequence and driver of online social mediation. The topic is given importance by the morphing of the character of video in the context of the latest web coding language, HTML5. Until now web video has been impervious to its networked context; reproducing the conditions of the TV screen in a hypermediated space. Now existing databases and live information drawn from social media can be connected to the documentary environment, offering opportunities for the production of new kinds of knowledge and application.

The affordances of networked connectivity offer the potential to re-contextualise documentary material through mobilising the enormous co-creative potential of human discourse captured in the web. The challenge in these marriages of mass media form and rhizomatic network is to find new ways of shaping attention into a coherent experience. To do so we have to re-invent the social praxis of documentary, creating new visual and informational grammars.

Citation

Dovey, J., & Rose, M. (2012). We’re happy and we know it : Documentary: Data: Montage. Studies in Documentary Film, 6(2), 159-173. https://doi.org/10.1386/sdf.6.2.159_1

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 16, 2012
Journal Studies in Documentary Film
Print ISSN 1750-3280
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 2
Pages 159-173
DOI https://doi.org/10.1386/sdf.6.2.159_1
Keywords web, data, digital, documentary, interactive, online, semantic
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/945386
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/sdf.6.2.159_1

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