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Digital Seriality and Narrative Branching: Season One, the Podcast Serial

Hardey, Mariann and James, Simon J. (2021) 'Digital Seriality and Narrative Branching: Season One, the Podcast Serial.', Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies .

Abstract

This paper explores the characteristics of storytelling in a digital medium through Season One of the podcast Serial. We also analyse how Serial’s digital audience engages with and reacts to the narrative, and the ways in which such an audience influences the success and the reach of the show. We draw attention to how the cross-media format of Serial enables listeners to participate in the narrative, sharing their interpretations and reactions. We argue that storytelling to a digitally networked audience relies on both some very old and some new aesthetic narrative forms.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2022.2029513
Publisher statement:© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Date accepted:12 May 2021
Date deposited:25 May 2021
Date of first online publication:17 February 2022
Date first made open access:23 February 2022

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