fbpx
03/07/2020 The Communication Science magazine

17776: A Touchdown on Digital Storytelling

In 17776 many things will be different, but some stay the same. Karina tells us how the story of robots proclaims the future of American football.


During the exam week, I kept finding increasingly creative ways to procrastinate studying. Though this decision wasn’t particularly well thought out and I did encounter increasingly intriguing websites on the Internet. One of them, disguised as a sports article “What Football Will Look Like in the Future,” hosts the multimedia story 17776. It’s a mishmash of sci-fi and good old American football, set in a distant future where no one ages or dies, and where there are no more new births. Through 17776, author Jon Bois attempts to answer a question central to humanity: why do humans play sports?

Much of the narrative centers around the now-sentient space probes Pioneer Nine, Ten, and Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) discussing the football games that are occurring on Earth in the year 17776. In an era where there is no sickness, hunger, or war, the immortal human beings of Earth have turned to a pastime: Football. With no fear of injury or death, football fields now cross state lines and can take as long as a millennium, with increasingly contradictory and ridiculous rules.

An Innovative Take on Storytelling

What immediately makes 17776 stand out is its creative (and liberal) use of GIFs, YouTube videos, and newspaper clippings. While there have been similar predecessors such as Homestuck, 17776 creates an immersive experience through which a reader can get completely lost in this fictional future. You get to follow along with various perspectives that occur at the same time, giving you a feel of what the characters are going through. The various media used help create a world that feels believable: even in a post-immortality society, the world still has a use for newspapers, television, and music to communicate things to one another. The conversations between Nine, Ten, and JUICE consist of chat logs accompanied with tacky elevator music; this gives an impression that we’re getting an up-close and personal view of their ‘lives’. As their discussions span from Lunchables to Ten’s Pioneer Plaque to a football game that destroys the Centennial Bulb, their sentience comes off as lifelike.

A humanity that’s bored with its immortality.

The crux of 17776 is humanity; Bois explores this through a unique allegory, football. Despite the major changes in Earth’s history, football keeps Americans together. Furthermore, this newly evolved form of football challenges human beings into continuously changing and pursuing their goals, despite clearly achieving all they could have possibly hoped for. By banding together and pursuing what they see as a ‘collective good’, it serves as a reminder that human beings are always interconnected and always seek a form of companionship and togetherness. It also shows a humanity that’s bored with its immortality: with nothing left to do, football becomes the one thing that a nation focuses on, even dedicating full trans-state competitions and turning football stadiums.

Demanding Medium

However, 17776 demands much of your attention and time. Scrutinizing a chapter often takes up to half an hour, due to the sheer length and size of a chapter. On the other hand, several chapters merely consist of videos that take less than a minute to watch. This results in a rather choppy pace. You’d also have to view the website on a laptop with a working Internet connection; due to a large number of images and GIFs, the site is more likely to lag on a mobile device.

Its digital format is both a blessing and a curse. While you are able to read the story for free, the most optimal experience is achieved by reading the story in one sitting. It’s possible to read 17776 in parts, but the gap of time between chapters may leave a disjointed experience for several readers.

Nonetheless, in my opinion, it’s still worth checking out. Even procrastination has its benefits; with many of us trying to get through our final months of university, finding interesting and niche stories like this could bring something new to our lives. 17776, as bizarre and time-consuming as it may be, manages to be an interesting experience. Its unlikely protagonists and supporting cast (which, incidentally, includes a sentient Hubble Telescope) round off the story into a thought-provoking, funny, and memorable one. You can read 17776 here.

Final verdict: 8.5 out of 10

 

Cover: football wife

Reacties

reacties

Related Posts

FSR-FMGxMEDIUM: File Update

30/06/2020

30/06/2020

This academic year has ended and so has the term of the current student council. In this article, Medium gives you an insight into the FSR-FMG’s achievements of this year.

Netflix’s “Queer Eye” Season 5 Review: Spreading Human Connection in Lonely Times

30/06/2020

30/06/2020

Quynh reviews the latest season of the Netflix Original 'Queer Eye'. This season continues the sociopolitical crusade of the Fab 5 in Philidelphia.

Movie theatres: Safely “escaping” 2020

23/06/2020

23/06/2020

What better way to escape the anxieties this year has brought us than by getting lost in a good movie? This article provides you with a list of Amsterdam's must visit movie theaters, for the ultimate escape from reality.

Usage of Surveillance Drones Over Black Lives Matter Protests in the USA

19/06/2020

19/06/2020

The murder of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, sparked Black Lives Matter protests all over the U.S. Five years after BLM protests were calling for justice after the murder of Freddie Gray, the U.S. government has resorted to drone surveillance as it did in 2015. However, the questions remain, what are they watching?, why are they watching? and what happens to protesters' data in the footage?

“Er komt een tijd dat stilte verraad is”

18/06/2020

18/06/2020

Na de dood van George Floyd is de wereld gezamenlijk opgestaan om racisme te bestrijden. Elsa schrijft in dit artikel over drie acties die je kan ondernemen om wit privilege en racisme beter te begrijpen en zo je steentje kan bijdragen voor een betere wereld.

The Pros And Cons Of Studying Online

17/06/2020

17/06/2020

Online-learning continues throughout next semester of the UvA. Andrada tells us what this means for the quality of academic education.

How Taylor Swift Defined the 2010s

16/06/2020

16/06/2020

From country girl to pop-star - Danny shows you how Taylor Swift successfully shaped pop culture during the last decade.

Backstage Interview With Alexandra Rosca at STUDIO DRIFT

15/06/2020

15/06/2020

Alexandra, chair of the student council FSR-FMG, shares her internship experience at the STUDIO DRIFT art collective. DRIFT's artworks, which are anything but conventional, are displayed in world-famous museum collections and a few outdoor installations.

The Ambiguous Promise of Commercial Sustainability

13/06/2020

13/06/2020

Commercial companies focus on progressing in a sustainable way, but how much of the environmental promises are actually genuine?

FSR-FMG in One Word (but not always) by the Party Representatives of the 2020-2021 Elections

12/06/2020 and

12/06/2020

Student council elections have (almost) come to an end, support your candidates and cast your vote if you haven't yet!

A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Hooked on K-Dramas

09/06/2020

09/06/2020

Next to the growing popularity of K-pop, are people also exploring more Korean media. Especially the K-dramas. Medium reviews some of the best K-Dramas.

Content Farms and Youtube Algorithms: Match Made in Heaven or Partners in Crime?

05/06/2020

05/06/2020

In this article, Quynh explores the phenomenon "content farms" on YouTube, the risks these pose and the way they affect the platform's future.

The Art of Journaling: Inside the Mind of a Master Journaliser

05/06/2020

05/06/2020

Leah Hamilton likes to write down everything that happens in her life. For that reason she started journaling and Medium's Gabby interviewed her on how and why she does it.

Google’s Origin Story

03/06/2020

03/06/2020

What's the origin of Google? Rita takes us on the magical journey that made the company what it is today.

(Straight) TikTok: Land of Homophobia and Stealing from Black Creators

02/06/2020

02/06/2020

Danny calls for tolerance in this opinion piece about bias in TikTok. The time has come for integrity, inclusion and diversity in this decade's social media monster.


mersin escort
mersin escort