Final Fantasy VII extension

            The success of Final Fantasy VII prompted Square Enix to begin the franchise through transmedia storytelling by announcing the release of the sub-franchise “Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.” According to Final Fantasy Wiki, the sub-franchise released “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children”, an animated released in the US in 2009 (1). The film provides the fan base with a sequel taking place two years after the events of Final Fantasy VII. The film includes a self-reflexive plot, as it re-examines the morals and allegiances of a minor antagonist, Rufus Shinra, and turns him into a minor protagonist. Additionally, the film furthers the worldbuilding experience that the original Final Fantasy VII offered, diving into the dogmatic lore surrounding Sephiroth and the Ancients.

            The main heroes in the movie, Reno, Rude, and Shinra, were actually minor villians in the Final Fantasy VII game. This creates a sense of self-reflexivity in a sense that the audience is forced to be more sympathetic to the Shinra cause. In addition to the audiences altered perceptions of these characters, the narrative also sheds a different light on Cloud’s allegiances. Instead of worried about saving the world, Cloud is now more worried about his regret for allowing Aerith to die by the hands of Sephiroth. The self-reflexivity of this plot lends to the horizontal integration of the Final Fantasy VII world; a world that is also shown further through the idea of worldbuilding.

            The audience is provided with more information on the world of Final Fantasy VII through the worldbuilding of the history of the Ancients, and the motivations of Sephiroth and Jenova. Henry Jenkins claims that this idea of worldbuilding draws upon the curiosity of the fan by providing him or her with the knowledge that more information on the narrative is available (2). In this scenario, the fan base was given more knowledge on the world of the narrative in the events after Meteor had struck the planet. Because the original story stopped after Meteor struck, this film gave the viewer more information about the outcome of the world.

            It is no surprise that this film was distributed by Square Enix, the producer of the original game, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which produced the platform on which it was played. This entire franchise is an example of transmedia storytelling being used properly to make a brand more horizontally integrated.

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1.)”Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete.” wiki. Final Fantasy Wiki, n.d. Web. 01 March. 2014.<http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_VII:_Advent_Children_Complete>

2.) Jenkins, Henry. “Transmedia Storytelling 101.” Confessions of an AcaFan. N.p., 22 Mar. 2007. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. <http://henryjenkins.org/2007/03/transmedia_storytelling_101.html>.

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Battle of Marjah

Chris Gillespie

Operation Moshtarak, otherwise known as the Battle of Marjah, was a critical point in time for Allied forces in the War in Afghanistan. The Wikipedia article about this conflict stays true to much of the content except for the cultural aspects regarding the names of towns, places, etc. My knowledge of this conflict as a participant and language translator, coupled with Henry Jenkins article titled “What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About the New Media Literacies” should make the argument that much of the historical knowledge of the event is based in fact.

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                In the statistics I gathered from the Operation Mostharak Wikipedia article, I noticed that the revision history shows the vast majority of revisions occurring in February 2010. This month was also the beginning of that conflict, and the number of revisions drastically drops after that month, even though the conflict continued well after that.

 

 

                The minimal number of contributions after March of 2010 remains constant through to the current date. Upon looking at the list of people that revised this article the most, the largest contributor was blocked, and the second largest contributor has a dead user page. However, upon looking at the third largest contributor, I found the user Jimmy De Grasse, who contributed to 40 revisions. Listed as Jimderkaisser, this gentleman certainly does have an extensive user page. Based on the subject matter of his edits, it seems that he mostly specializes in Canadian military offensives and weaponry. His page seems to allude to him having been involved in the conflict most likely as a Canadian military member. This subject is not readily accessible to simply anyone doing research on it (i.e. not much unclassified information is available on this recent conflict.) This, coupled with the drastic change in the number of revisions speaks to a theory that most of the revisions were done by military members or journalists that had access to knowledge about this conflict. Not to mention, I can tell by the language of the article that the writers have served at some point because they correctly identify units properly.

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                With my participatory knowledge of Operation Moshtarak, I did notice biased and illogical information in one paragraph listed above regarding the state of the insurgency in June 2010. This part of the article has sources from BBC, and the LA times. It claims that the battle became somewhat of a cautionary tale for Western militaries in regards to counterinsurgency operations. This is not easily able to be proven, and the only information being used to support this is the fact that “the eruption of gun battles ‘almost daily ‘have been reported.”  Where is this information coming from? Additionally, why is there no information after June, 2010, when US forces continued occupying the city of Marjah continuing until my second deployment to the same city in 2011? It seems that there is a gap in the reporters’ hasty explanation of an event that they stopped writing on in the middle of the conflict.

 

Works cited

Jenkins, Henry. “WHAT WIKIPEDIA CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE NEW MEDIA LITERACIES (PART TWO).” Web log post. Confessions of an AcaFan. N.p., 27 June 2007. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.

“Operation Moshtarak.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.