Digital storytelling as a 'discursively-ordered domain'

McWilliam, Kelly (2008) Digital storytelling as a 'discursively-ordered domain'. In: Digital storytelling, mediatized stories: self-representations in new media. Digital Formations (52). Peter Lang, New York, NY. United States, pp. 145-160. ISBN 978-1-4331-0274-5


This paper examines the discursive construction and institutional mediation of two major digital storytelling programs in Australia. The purpose of this approach is to develop an understanding of Australian digital storytelling as a discursively ordered domain, in Selsky et al's (2003) summation of it. In investigating digital storytelling as such a domain, we can begin to uncover the complex interrelationships 'between text, discourse, sensemaking and actions', which will ultimately reveal how digital storytelling is actively 'mapped', or discursively configured, by all those involved in the production of (in this case Australian) digital stories (1734). Drawing on both discursive and textual analyses, I focus on the two most significant digital storytelling programs currently in operation in Australia: the Australian Centre for the Moving Image's digital storytelling program—which has been part of the cultural institution's media education program since its 2002 opening — and tallstoreezproductionz's program 'Directing the Hero Within' program, the largest Australian digital storytelling program targeted at youth. I identify key divergences between the discursive constructions of digital storytelling within these programs, including the material effects of those differences, before drawing a series of conclusions about Australian digital storytelling as a discursively ordered domain.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2008 Peter Lang Publishing. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy..
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 20 May 2010 00:10
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 03:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital storytelling; discursively-ordered domain; text; discourse
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media

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