Chapter 2: Media categories

Now that mediums have been established, we should start categorising them. This helps us understand how mediums differ from each other and see the conundrum concerning interactive digital media.

Here is one way to categorise (non-interactive) written media.

Written media

I’ve left genres out for simplicity’s sake. In short, genres help creators to choose how to use their chosen medium. Genres for different mediums mean slightly different things even if their name is the same. A horror novel reaches its conclusion differently than a horror poem.

Here a similar looking graph for (non-interactive) video media.

Video media

Why would it look different?

And now, what we all have been waiting for: interactive digital media!

Interactive digital media1

What happened here? Where are all the other mediums?

Interactive digital media2

Why does interactive digital media all of a sudden defy categorisation? Is it useful to only have one medium?

Think about these questions and then move on to the next chapter.

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