July 1, 2007

Desktop Television

In the NY Times, Virginia Heffernan discusses (and favorably reviews) a hypervideo mystery, Satacracy 88.

Now that 14 episodes have been produced and eight plot twists voted on (more episodes and votes are on the way), “Satacracy 88” features a ghostly character who doesn’t appear on screen: the audience. It’s a small but loyal group. A good episode receives about 10,000 views, and votes can draw up to 1,000 participants. Still, trying retroactively to understand the voters — Are they on Angela’s side? Why do they hate her boyfriend? Will they always want more gore? — is now part of the intrigue.

One cavil: we please stop obsessing about box office and just let the new art find its audience and be itself?