A Transmedia Topology of Making a Murderer

Hook, Alan, Barrios-O'Neill, Danielle and Mairs Dyer, Jolene (2016) A Transmedia Topology of Making a Murderer. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, 5 (10). ISSN 2213-0969

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Abstract / Summary

This article constructs a transmedia topology of the Making a Murderer text, mapping the ecologies of interaction, participation and creation with and of the text by the audience. Firstly we explore the mixed textualities of the series delivered through the streaming service Netflix. We then expand the analysis to consider the wider transmedial textualities and trace the thresholds of the transmedial text to investigate new approaches to analysing transmedial work in the context of non-fiction media forms. We explore the relationships between the core series and the participatory engagement in the production of the text as a whole which includes online engagement, active investigations, and the production of a wide range of new material in response to the core series. Here we define transmedia topology as a tracing of what we could call the geography of the text, as defined by its features and boundaries (or lack thereof).

We situate the series as a piece of Complex TV, but explore how the series invites active participation from the audience; through its structure, complexity and form. The article maps the series textual connections with more traditional documentary form, and more experimental transmedial approaches, relating it to Alternate Reality Games. We consider (at the time of writing and publication) the tangible, real world outcomes of the text and the audiences participation in the production of the text.

This mapping situates the text within a number of media discourses to understand its media geneology and explore its textual trajectories. This mapping explores both the 10-part series, and the wealth of paratextual material as a text together, mapping the connections between the documentary series and the emergence of a transmedial textuality that is owed largely to audiences and the textual terrain.

Also translated to Spanish: Hook, A., Barrios-O'Neill, D., & Mairs Dyer, J. (2019). "Una Topología Transmedia De Making A Murderer" In N. Golubov (Ed.), TV Ficciones: Reflexiones Criticas Sobre Television Estadunide (pp. 67-93)

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.18146/2213-0969.2016.jethc117
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transmedia; Making a Murderer; Textual Analysis; Complex TV; Paratextual Analysis
ISSN: 2213-0969
Subjects: Technology > Digital Works > Digital Artefact
Technology > Digital Works > Digital Games
Technology > Digital Works
Film & TV
Film & TV > TV > Foreign TV
Writing & Journalism > Journalism
Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing > Storytelling
Courses by Department: The School of Writing & Journalism > English & Writing
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Depositing User: Danielle Barrios-O'Neill
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 11:51
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:31
URI: https://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/2333


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