Experiential Media and Transforming Storytelling

A Theoretical Analysis

Authors: John V. Pavlik


Pavlik, J.V. (2019). Experiential Media and Transforming Storytelling: A Theoretical Analysis. Journal of Creative Industries and Cultural Studies–JOCIS3 (1), 46–67.


Journalism and media content rests on a foundation of storytelling. Shaping this storytelling is the quality of the medium of content delivery and the nature of public engagement. With the development of digital, networked media, the audience’s role is transforming to be more of an active user who experiences stories as a participant rather than as a passive receiver of content.
This article proposes a new model of experiential media based on six primary qualities of the digital environment. These qualities are 1) interactivity, 2) immersion, 3) multisensory presentation, 4) algorithmic and data-driven, 5) first-person perspective, and 6) a natural user interface. Augmented reality and virtual reality are among the most-widely discussed experiential media forms, but others include, for instance, advanced ultra-high-definition video. Experiential media bring implications for the nature, production, impact and the future of mediated storytelling.


Experiential Media, Storytelling, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality.

ISSN: 2184-0466.
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