Welcome to Transmedia Seattle- MeetUp! 14 - The Seven Literacies of Transmedia

“None of us can know everything; each of us knows something; and we can put the pieces together if we pool our resources and combine our skills.” Henry Jenkins

Thanks so very much for your interest in Transmedia Seattle!

So, what's new? - Here's a question, What has The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Lost,  Oliver Twist, The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones brought to transmedia? here's what Frank Rose thinks. And exactly what might the 7 literacies of transmedia be?  Here's what Henry Jenkins thinks.   And how might we track those literacies through a single exemplary example of transmedia storytelling that might help us figure out how to harness these literacies for our our own projects?

Excerpt from article- 

In today’s literacy-rich world, I identified 7 different literacies that you’ll find within good transmedia storytelling projects (Inanimate Alice is an exemplary form, and includes all these literacies):

1) Multimodal literacy. Multimodal literacy is meaning-making across multiple modes of communication. Transmedia storytelling facilitates the practice of multimodal literacy because you must make meaning across all the elements in the story to fully understand it. The sound, images, narrative, movie and gaming elements all play a unique role in unraveling the story.

2) Critical literacy. Critical literacy is essentially ‘destructuring’ and ‘restructuring’ a text in order to develop a critical understanding of its plot and purpose. Transmedia storytelling requires the ‘destructuring’ and ‘restructuring’ of multiple modes of text, a complex task to say the least.

3) Digital literacy. Digital literacy typically refers to the navigation, evaluation and creation of information using digital technologies. Transmedia storytelling requires navigation of the story, and evaluation of the digital elements in the story. And transmedia storytelling provides an inspirational platform for the creation of new digital stories (like fan fiction).

4) Media literacy. Media literacy is about evaluating and creating media messages. Because transmedia storytelling exists across multiple forms of media, each media element must be evaluated separately before multimodal meaning-making can take place. New media messages can be created through digital storytelling.

5) Visual literacy. Visual literacy is the interpretation of images in a way that enhances other forms of literacy. Transmedia storytelling is a visually rich experience, and the images play a significant role in the narrative.

6) Information literacy. The interactivity of transmedia storytelling enhances information literacy skills. Actions drive the story and require information seeking to solve problems and make decisions.

7) And one more- can you guess what it might be? Here's a hint.

   This and much much more, coming this Thursday night.  

Can't wait to see you there - this Thursday night, Roy Street, 7pm! Bells on!

Transmedianauts MEEEEEET-UP!

It might be cold, so bring some pennies for a warm drink or two! 

Some links that might help further the conversation:

Transmedia Seattled

ScoopIt! Transmedia Seattle

Transmedia Hackathons and how to improve them

Active Story System – a design methodology for participatory transmedia storytelling

The Perfect Transmedia Pitch

Sherlock- Transmedia Elements, And Why It Works

Transmedia storytelling: what's the alternative to alternate reality games?

Getting started in Transmedia Storytelling

Loose Agenda:

What are the base literacies of transmedia and how can this help inform your next project?  

1) Bring a transmedia project that resembles one you want to make 

2) How to Entrain Your Team- motivate and mobilize

3) How to make a cinematic book trailer for $3.00

4) How to make 4 literary short films for $10,000

And as always, any questions- just drop me a line -

Brad at [masked], or [masked].

WAY looking forward to meeting you all, finding out whether you are a hacker, storyteller, educator, presentation expert, photographer, filmmaker, editor, camera gal, activist, game designer, entrepreneur, shaman, or otherwise- and how you hope to use those skills through Transmedia Seattle to produce transmedia worthy of our Seattle.

See ya soon!

We love Roy Street for their location support!!!
Let em know!

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  • howard s.

    Hey Brad.

    Sorry to change my RSVP last minute. I realized today that this conflicts with another Meetup I responded to last month. I look forward to the next meetup.


    December 5, 2013

    • Brad T.

      No worries! Stay warm and we'll catch you in January.

      December 5, 2013

    • howard s.

      Thanks. Happy holidays and i look forward to it next year.

      December 5, 2013

  • --stephan

    Brad -- warm & toasty it is. Didn't RSVP as I wasn't sure I could make it till a few m. ago, and now we're looking at 2014! Best wishes for the Holidays, see you next year!

    December 5, 2013

    • Brad T.

      so sorry I didn't send a separate letter to you. Molly has a play opening at Shoreline tonight and I didn't find out about the conflict til late. With just 1 RSVP- I pulled the plug. Have a terrific holiday S. And look forward to seeing you in the new year!

      1 · December 5, 2013

    • --stephan

      It's all good--say hey to la Molly and have fun at her show!

      December 5, 2013

  • Brad T.

    Hey All! Looks like December's already getting busy. Let's all stay home and warm this evening, and regroup for January. Transmedia Seattle- MeetUp! 14 - The Seven Literacies of Transmedia

    is officially postponed until January and a TBA date.

    I look forward to meeting you all then. Why not check out http://www.inanimatealice.com/ if you have a chance and let me know what you think.

    And Happy Happy Holidays to all! bestx3,


    December 5, 2013

  • Brad T.

    Can't wait to see you all. Anyone forget where Roy Street is. It's been a monthandsome.

    December 3, 2013

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