Transmedia storytelling has been born out of the new possibilities for historians to use digital tools, especially in thepublic history discipline. New engaging ways to build unique and unexpected historical narratives have become possible and necessary during the digital age, which was accompanied with the democratization of information and rise of new digital media forms like video, audio, comics and more. Alongside the possibilities of sharing resources and collaborative writing, historians have become capable of developing new kinds of storytelling by using the digital tools and new media to their disposal. Transmedia storytelling is the possibility to use a multitude of different media platforms to build a non-linear narrative. The main narrative is thus being constructed and enhanced by the contributions of each different media form. Each aspect of the main narrative is being presented with the best adapted media platforms, which bring distinguishing and unique inputs to the main project. An example of transmedia storytellings are data-base histories.
Henry JENKINS, Convergence Culture: where Old and New Media collide, New York, New York University Press, 2006« Back to Glossary Index