Why does transmedia look so cluttered and ugly for the most part? Could it be that it is a young genre and the rules for generating it is as yet unformed? Could it be that our transmedia creations are bound by the tools we use to create them? Have we not generalized the tools in such a way that we have generalized the genre?
That last question made enough sense for me to want write a gibberish academic parody of it, but it points to a further problem: if we think transmedia is kind of ugly with newness or just disjointed, then discussion, critique and summary of them is a total mess. But I don’t think the short story arose from some mystical whole cloth. Nor the novel, poem, play. We are discovering and exploring the way even now.
In that context I introduce you to the zeega below. It is the product, but because it is transmedial/remixable/remashable, it is not the end product. It is mos’ def’ the result of a tremendous collaborative wave of creative care. Maybe we have just now defined some of the essential characteristics of transmedia:
Transmedia is collaborative.
Transmedia is never an end product.
Transmedia is remixable.
Transmedia will eventually not be confined to the program used to create it.
Transmedia is a game.
If you want to pursue the definition of transmedia you can join the fray here.
And if you want to watch the zeega below remember: go to full screen by mousing over the lower right hand corner. You can also turn the sound off there as well when you are done. I loved making the animated gifs that accompanied this. A word of caution: the zeega can be remixed…I think. The program is kind of an alpha rogue and the whole shebang might collapse of its own weight at any time. Users unite. Let me know if it works or didn’t in the comments below.