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The Magical Neoliberalism of Network Films
International Journal of Communication (2014)
  • Amanda M. Ciafone
Abstract
Transnational network narrative films attempt a cognitive mapping of global systems through a narrative form interconnecting disparate or seemingly unrelated characters, plotlines, and geographies. These films demonstrate networks on three levels: a network narrative form, themes of networked social relations, and networked industrial production. While they emphasize realism in their aesthetics, these films rely on risk and randomness to map a fantastic network of interrelations, resulting in the magical meeting of multiple and divergent characters and storylines, spectacularizing the reality of social relations, and giving a negative valence to human connection. Over the last 20 years, the network narrative has become a prominent means of representing and containing social relations under neoliberalism.
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Amanda M. Ciafone. "The Magical Neoliberalism of Network Films" International Journal of Communication (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/amanda_ciafone/6/