How I met your mother is a highly successful TV show on CBS. The show has been on the air for a very long time; with just over 200 episodes spanning over nine seasons the show has developed a huge fandom. I have seen almost all the episodes with the expectation to the newest season. Through out the show you are slowly giving hints as to which the mother is however they always cut it short and mess with the audience. This has generated a major demand for to find out whom the mother is. Online I was able to find all sorts of transmedia. On twitter I was able to find accounts for each one of the main characters. On their pages they talk about what happened last week on the show and they live tweet during new episodes and commercial breaks giving people the feeling that the show is real life. In the show one of the main characters named Barney talks about his blog in the TV show on many occasion. I was not surprised when I was able to find “Barneys Blog” on CBS.com. “Barney” blogs about once a week, many times the blog is slightly relevant to the specific episode or it can be something that is totally off topic that is simply a new piece of information about the characters themselves. Based on Henry Jenkins, “Transmedia Storytelling 101” Barneys blog would be considered as an extension of media. Henry Jenkins describes an Extension of media as “Extension may provide insight into the characters and their motivations, may flesh out aspects of the fictional world, or may bridge between events depicted in a series of sequels”.
In more then just one specific episode of how I met your mother barney refers to books that he has wrote, one being “the Bro Code” and another being “the Playbook” after the episode that revolved around each of those books were eared, both of those books were made available to buy. Based on Henry Jenkins, “Transmedia Storytelling 101” these books are considered to be media consolidation. This is when the form of media is spread onto many different forms of media. This is also sometimes called synergy.
Jenkins, Henry. “Transmedia Storytelling 101.” Confessions of an AcaFan. Genesis Framework, 22 Mar. 2007. Web. 02 Mar. 2014.
Blog post #1
In 2006 jack Dorsey created the incredibly revolutionary website known as twitter. It is imposable to have predicted just how influence twitter really was going to be on the every day lives of this generation. Twitter has reinvented the way people obtain information. Twitter it self reminds me of a high school drama queen, passing on every piece of important and useless information faster then just about any other form of media. Earlier this year movie star Paul walker, from the famous Fast and Furious movie series, died in a horrible car accident. Within an hour of his death it had already circulated the twitter world. I believed that the whole thing must have be a rumor because it had not yet been on the news, however to my surprise the next day the new and the country were captivated by the fact that Paul walker had truly died and that twitter had relayed breaking new more effectively and quickly then any other form of media.
In Tom Gunning’s essay, he stresses the idea that new is never eternal. “Technology…at the point of introduction, before it has become part of a nearly invisible everyday life of habit and routine.” He believes that no matter how revolutionary or different and wild it is, eventually after examining, studying, and understanding, it will cease to be different. The object will then join many other ordinary and mundane parts of our lives.
As incredible and revolutionary twitter is with its ability to spread the word of politics to the everyday people on a much greater scale, or how it has made keeping in touch with your friends and family better then ever before. Even though it has created new and interesting ways to for business to advertise there products and there business itself, according to Tom Gunning’s theory’s twitter will eventually be replaced and be obsolete. People will find amazement in a new and original piece of technologies that is able revolutionize the way the world works as a whole