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Teaching and Learning Multimodal Communications

Alyssa Arbuckle, Alison Hedley, Shaun Macpherson, Alyssa McLeod, Jana Millar Usiskin, Daniel Powell, Jentery Sayers, Emily Smith, Michael Stevens, Authors

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Star Wars - Forensic Analysis and the Ephemeral

As we discussed in class on Thursday, media created with Flash makes it difficult to undertake forensic analysis. While in a sense ensuring its futurity, the software that encases the programming prevents others from accessing the code. In this case, the html reveals that the project embedded is a Flash file (.swf) but shows little else about the process which brings about the images we see on the screen and the sounds that punctuate the images.   

With regard to issues of documentation, the use of Flash calls into question the idea of storage. Lucas's whole script is here, documented, stored in the Flash object. However, we can only access that information through the public-facing expression and only one letter at a time. If we leave the page and return later, the text will start again from the beginning. The text also fails to document Star Wars as a cultural phenomenon. Readers of the text will have to bring that contextual information to their reading of this project.

Author: Jana Millar Usiskin
Word Count: 167

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