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Third Digital Documentary

A Theory and Practice of Transmedia Arts Activism, Critical Design and Ethics

Anita Wen-Shin Chang

This book offers a theory and methodology of transmedia arts activism within the technocultural and sociopolitical landscape of expanded documentary production, distribution, reception and participation. Through a detailed analysis of the author’s transmedia project on indigenous and minority language endangerment and revival that consists of the feature-length documentary Tongues of Heaven and the companion web application Root Tongue: Sharing Stories of Language Identity and Revival, she reveals the layers and depths of a critical arts practice when confronted with complex sociopolitical issues while working with multiple communities across territorial/national boundaries. In the context of the growing field of transmedia documentaries, the author discusses the potentials and benefits of a critical design practice and production ethics that can transform this field to pilot new collaborations in documentary and digital media platforms towards a third digital documentary.

BIC Classifications

  • The arts (A)
    • Film, TV & radio (AP)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
      • Media studies (JFD)
    • Sociology & anthropology (JH)
      • Anthropology (JHM)
        • Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography (JHMC)

BISAC Classifications

  • Performing Arts (PER)
    • PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General (PER011000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General (SOC008000)

THEMA Classifications

  • The Arts (A)
    • Performing arts (AT)
      • Theatre studies (ATD)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Cultural & media studies (JBC)
        • Cultural studies (JBCC)
        • Media studies (JBCT)