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

Hardey, Mariann; James, Simon J.

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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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Hardey, M., & James, S. J. (2022). Digital Seriality and Narrative Branching: Season One, the Podcast Serial. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 19(1), 74-90. https://doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2022.2029513

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 12, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 17, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date May 13, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2022
Journal Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
Print ISSN 1479-1420
Electronic ISSN 1479-4233
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 74-90
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2022.2029513
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1242707

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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.







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