Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Experiencing Narrative Backwards

I realised something today: New Media developments have led to us becoming increasingly used to experiencing narratives in reverse. Three prime examples.

1. Twitter

Catching up on Twitter Timelines is a reversed narrative experience (nobody actually browses Twitter 'forwards' do they?).

2. Blogs

Most recent posts are the first you see, if you read on you travel back in time

3.Email Trails

Being copied in towards the end of an email conversation normally leads to another backwards narrative experience.


Don't have the energy to expand on this and work out if it is a meaningful insight. Think there is potentially something in this though, maybe there are already creative examples out there exploiting the possibilities offered by this in a 'Time's Arrow' (Martin Amis book) or Memento (Christopher Nolan movie) kind of way?