Networked TV

Reaction to SKAM and Networked TV

Networked TV is an interesting and relatively new form of storytelling. Instead of having the entire story communicated through the videos, the story unfolds through social media posts as if the characters are real. This layering of mediums with web and video adds more life and personality to the story, making it more dynamic, and giving the audience a less passive role in viewing the story. I appreciate the amount of work and level of detail needed to create something like SKAM. Not only do videos need to be filmed and edited, but entire social media profiles had to be created and interacted with to pull off the believability that SKAM had achieved. It is unsettling how the characters reacted to real events so realistically, making you question what is real and what manufactured on social media. Networked TV is successful with young audiences that are in tune with social media, and may not work as well if the story were geared toward older audiences. I personally do not care for Facebook or teen-dramas, so SKAM did not appeal to me as something that I would want to read/view. Regardless of my personal viewing preferences, I apricate networked TV for its ability to immerse the viewers and blur the lines between fiction and reality.