Pimping the Red Ridding Hood

Today’s exercise to ‘pimp’ the Red Ridding Hood Story to make it more interactive was indeed exciting. Not only did it finally gave us a first hand experience of what interactivity means or can mean, it also gave a lot of insight into the very nature of it. Also it was interesting to observe the way each group interpreted the story itself. While one group struck to the moral of the story as the kernel of the narrative, there were groups like mine which took the liberty to tamper the story inside out to fit the kind of discourse and media we were employing to enhance interactivity. It was also interesting to note the kind to response each group gave when given the exercise. I cannot comment much on the rest – though I could infer – but as for my group, the engineers in us responded totally different from the group filled with arts and communications student. Concurrently the role of the psychology and the  background of the audience in filling in ‘the blanks’ within the core narrative is interesting to think about. Chatman’s notion of narrative inference comes into play here. Concurrently if Hemingway’s super short story was presented to a set of people of different backgrounds, will there be a stark difference in the blanks they fill in in-order to form different narratives, or is the core ‘kernel’ story strong enough to prevent the narrative going overtly different thereby maintaining some form of control in the form of suggested commonality? My thoughts are getting pretty bizarre right now… gotta catch a nap soon….enough for a day

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One Response to Pimping the Red Ridding Hood

  1. alex says:

    Yeah, it was very interesting how almost everyone was inclined to let the user change the ending, but there were different ways of approaching the issue of maintaining the integrity of the story… and then there were some groups who didn’t worry if they turned the story upside down… 🙂

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