Unlock the doc! i-docs and networks of inquiry

Hansen, N 2017, Unlock the doc! i-docs and networks of inquiry, Masters by Research, Media and Communication, RMIT University.


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Title Unlock the doc! i-docs and networks of inquiry
Author(s) Hansen, N
Year 2017
Abstract This dissertation and project analyse the ongoing crisis in news journalism and evidence-based inquiries. Through practice-led research, the completed prototype Labyrinths & Leaks examines methods for overlapping evidence through the interactive documentary (i-doc) form. This i-doc prototype explores ‘false flags’ (Oxford English Dictionary, 2017) that arose through its predecessor Breaking the News (2011), my linear documentary about the Timor-Leste crisis of 2006–2008. I take these misrepresentations as limitations of news media and a sign to address evidentiary accounts through the documentary form.

Indeterminacy is both an affordance and limitation of i-docs. Unbounded by space and time, i-docs offer a holding state for cultural analysis, inquiry into evidence and, through various exchanges, a site for possible reconciliations through what John Corner (2011, p. 210) refers to as a ‘sustained exercise in reflexivity’.

My dissertation conducts research into various methods for minimising authorial control and filtering evidence through a networked inquiry. I later assess i-docs’ merits as a form for interpreting media manipulation. Through this project, I propose a journalistic documentary design practice, affording a multidisciplinary network of inquiry.

As a cultural form, the i-doc has potential to afford qualities of independence sought by documentary practitioners choosing to work beyond the broadcaster. The contingent qualities of i-docs allow the unforeseeable and unexpected to open contested historical events, and disrupt how linear media affords their untimely closure.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
Subjects Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified
Journalism Studies
Interactive Media
Keyword(s) Interactive Documentary
Expanded Documentary
i-doc
Interaction Design
News Journalism
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