Blog 8: Redridinghood


It is safe to say that everyone has heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood. But have you ever experienced the story in a New Media type of way? By turning Little Red Riding hood into a piece of electronic literature the story is experienced in a whole new way. Dona Leishman’s work “Redridinghood” tells the story in new way by allowing the reading to interact with the text. By showing a lot of animations and using sounds, this electronic literature piece essentially makes the reader interpret the story in the way the author wants it. By reading the print version of the story, your mind can interpret what the setting and characters “might” look like. In Leishman’s version, the characters such as the wolf are animated for you. The music also adds to the overall vibe of the story. This supports McLuhan’s claim that “the extension of any one sense alters the way we think and act the way we perceive the world” (McLuhan pg. 41). I feel that electronic literature is becoming more and more accepted in today’s world. It is arguable that the new media can never replace classic stories such as Little Red Riding Hood. There are always going to be those die hard people that will only read print versions of classics. But this new media is not created to “replace.” It is created rather to “enhance” the story or to give it a different feel. Print books will one day be a thing of the past, but new media will keep their stories alive.


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