Redefining Network: Entertainment and a Changing Concept of How Content Is Produced and Delivered

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The growth of the internet to its present almost ubiquitous state is prompting a rethinking of the meaning of the traditional network.** In the past, television networks, newspapers, film producers and distributors, etc., relied on "push technologies." Content was created by the producing entity and delivered - or pushed - to a waiting audience who engaged with it at a fixed time and place. In just a few years, the internet has severed the chains that tied us to place, time; and the method of delivery; it is now beginning to redefine the structure of entertainment content and who creates it as well. What then does this mean for traditional Performing Arts? Are the lively arts dead? Again? Or, do new performance approaches that incorporate projected still and moving images, the internet, and video conferencing technologies reflect and embrace the newly defined network model? Given that many of these performance techniques have been used for decades, did their use in fact anticipate and help shape the newly defined network? Have new play structures begun to accommodate a new set of entertainment expectations - shaped by the Internet - present in young audiences? While definitive answers to these questions are not readily apparent, there is evidence that changing expectations are being reflected in performance structure, production techniques, and the use of non-traditional production technologies. This paper intends to examine these evolutionary changes in light of the redefined networks. **

Keywords: Internet, Network, Television, Newspapers, Film, Push-Technologies, Content, Performance, Conferencing, Play-Structures
Stream: Media Arts Practices: Television, Multimedia, Digital, Online and Other New Media
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Terry Price

Associate Professor, Department of Dramatic Media, Texas Lutheran University
Seguin, TX, USA

I am an Associate Professor and Production Designer in the Department of Dramatic Media at Texas Lutheran University. Robert Edmund Jones is quoted as saying: “The business of workers in the theatre is, as I see it, to express a timeless theme by means of the tools of one’s own time.” The Department of Dramatic Media attempts to carry Jones’ idea forward by routinely incorporating live and recorded video, and still imagery into storytelling. In addition to teaching and production work, I lead an annual study-abroad class to Central Europe where we study the arts and culture of the region.

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