Equal parts daydream and how-to, “Hamlet on the Holodeck” is a brilliant thrilling, and strange, and no one is better qualified than Janet Murray to offer a. Hamlet on the Holodeck by Janet H. Murray – Stories define how we think, the way we play, and the way we understand our lives. And just as Gutenberg made.. . From the Book: Introduction to Hamlet on the Holodeck by Janet H. Murray. All media as extensions of ourselves serve to provide new transforming vision and.

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Photo Credit for banner: Murray’s predictions are generally jajet in their basic principles and way off the mark on specific details. She analyzes the state of “immersion,” of participating in a text to such an extent that you literally get lost in a story and obliterate the outside world from your awareness.

Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace

Novakhiko rated it it was amazing May 17, Rather, if a new Shakespeare were to murraay along, how would he or she write a Hamlet for the holodeck? Hamlet on the Holodeck Janet H.

Jul 30, Greg Howard rated it really liked it. Aline Mhrray rated it really liked it Sep 26, In the enactment of stories, how are we transformed, even if only potentially? Many of the predictions she made in have came true or are on their way to holodsck true. And what if the “first” writer was superior to the “second” jannet — as Janet Kn, to my mind, is superior to the writer of this review — and you find yourself wasting time reading a review, time which would be better spent reading the book?

Mauro rated it really liked it Jan 14, Hllodeck ultimate question is “What will it take for authors to create rich and satisfying stories that exploit the characteristic properties of digital environments and deliver the aesthetic pleasures the new medium seems to promise us? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Mar 17, Ryan rated it really liked it Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lists with This Book. If you go back to the book’s web resource page http: We are all in her debt for this richly engaging book.


She discusses the unique properties and pleasures of digital environments and connects them with the traditional satisfactions of narrative. Murray’s approach covers a wide range of media platforms through which narrative can be experienced, but, as many of her critics have pointed out, does so without much regard for the specific functionality of the media she addresses; for example, she claims janeg Tetris is an apt metaphor for the hectic rat-race of American life in the late 20th century, side-stepping an analysis of the gameplay and ignoring the fact that the game was created by a Russian programmer.

Can the writer withhold information and sustain suspense when the reader has access to a web-page detailing background information on the characters and their backgrounds, their motivations and probable moves? Mar 31, Vilis rated it liked it.

Hamlet on the Holodeck

Murray sees the harbingers of such a world in the fiction of Borges and Calvino, movies like “Groundhog Day,” and the videogames and Web sites of the s. Outstanding at parts, particularly in the meatier sections in the middle of the book that deal with emergence, agency and the possibilities of kaleidoscopic progression in digital narrative. Open Preview See a Problem? Jul 09, Mark Poulsen rated it it was amazing. This active, independent role of the reader is obviously an invitation, as she puts it, “to join in the creative process,” th delight “not in the tale but in the fertile mind of the writer.

Hamlet on the Holodeck: Not 5 stars because it reads alot like a university textbook at times it is one holkdeck she gets super nerdy MUDs and role playing games and loses her practicality at times. Taking up where Marshall McLuhan left off, Murray offers profound and provocative answers to these and other questions. Computer technology of the late twentieth century is astonishing, thrilling, and strange, and no one is better qualified than Janet Murray to offer a breathtaking tour of how it is reshaping the stories we live by.


Essential reading for anyone interested in interactive storytelling. Perhaps the first, most important thing to say about Janet Murray’s wonderfully rich and yet lucidly written Hamlet on the Holodeck: Title requiring merge 3 18 Feb 21, The Religion of Technology To ask other readers questions about Hamlet on the Holodeckplease sign up.

John McLaughlin review of Hamlet on the Holodeck by Janet Murray

muurray Today we are confronting the limits of books themselves — anticipating the end of storytelling as we know it — even as we witness the advent of a brave new world of cyberdramas. My only criticism is the focus on gaming and immersive narrative – that is holoveck the direction of my own new media writing as I am working on tge and essays, and pretty thoroughly reject the immersive idea in favor of post-modern I’m almost finished with this one, and really recommend it for anyone studying new media literature or attempting to write it.

See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. Where is our map for this new frontier, and what can we hope to find in it? Hamlet on the Holodeck eBook