Interactive Documentaries (I-Doc)

Interactive documentaries are a really exciting format due to how it engages people within the new media approach, oppose to the traditional style of documentaries. Many people may argue this way of documentary people don’t take that serious, due to the way it’s constructed in more of an interesting way. For example the use of fancy graphics and animations. However this doesn’t really mean that something isn’t the truth, I believe it just because they are used to the traditional style of documentary, which is understandable. According to I-docs, “For us any project that starts with an intention to document the ‘real’ and that does so by using digital interactive technology can be considered an I-doc. What unities all these projects is this intersection between digital and interactive technology and documentary practice. Where these two things come together the audience becomes active agents within documentary”.(Linington, n.d.) I believe the innovative features of I-docs changed the style of viewing from the past for example passive viewers oppose to more of an active viewer in todays world, and has benefited hugely. As we know people can switch off after a while when watching documentaries on screen, but due to the interaction we have online the audience feel much more involved watching it in a interactive form. Not forgetting the style of documentary forces people to be active meaning they are always to up to date with the latest documentaries. Even though I-docs keep the conventions of documentaries it’s how the audience convey the message in such a unique way. Margaret Looney states These typically online films leave behind a digital footprint, enabling data streams to be collected for evaluation. Filmmakers can track how long people view certain segments as well as where they’re coming from… Flahive said people don’t stay for very long, usually just about seven minutes, but they frequently come back for more” (Looney, 2012)

Another important factor of I-docs is that its much cheaper to deliver oppose to the production of a traditional documentary, which is certainly an advantage. I suppose this why there is a big scale of interactive docs being produce daily online. Another key element is that it is accessible for the masses as everyone can watch it on the go, for example on their smartphones, tablets etc. With the transformation of new media I suppose this brought the change in documentary forms being delivered in this particular way such as social media and how everyone interacts, sharing the views and communicating. It’s a really interactive world we live in today and basically everything on the Internet is linked, with the help of the rise of web 2.0.

In summary the future looks bright for interactive documentaries being a new era of documentaries especially as we have moved on and most importantly technology has evolved. People will argue whether that’s complete a good thing as it could have even more of an effect on the conventions of documentary such as actuality. As some believe you cant take them serious, even though people may be frequently watching online, it doesn’t get the straightforward message from a traditional documentary.


Linington, J. (n.d) About- i-Docs: a site dedicated to interactive documentary. Available at: (Accessed: 6 March 2015).

Looney, M. and (2012) Six pros and cons of interactive documentaries. Available at: (Accessed: 6 March 2015).


Communism Vs Capitalism

Even though most of the world is run on a capitalism system, in the modern day there are believers who will argue that Communism isn’t dead due to the fact its still talked about, which they may have point. Most likely because of the strong presence it had in so many countries due to the equality and helping each other’s in return system, used for so many years. Although there are people who are for communism who will still be tempted to work in a winner takes all system such as capitalism. There are a lot advantages to capitalism there are also cons, as only a few capitalise from the wealth. This is what communist have been implying by highlighting this to the people for hundreds of years, although capitalism being a free enterprise to do what you like, the wealth is distributed unevenly.

Communism can create a new history through different platforms such as telecommunications due to the growth in technology within the 21st century appose to origin of the system. It is going to be quite a task to recreate the past for example the politics meetings, lecturers, speeches due to less acknowledgment its get from around the world. Whereas on the Internet you can recreate the politics side of things for example people views, and debates. Whether or not people chose to follow the system but at least they are aware. It will be even more effective getting more an awareness of the history for the younger generations, especially as we live in the era where everyone is on net. What could be as advantage is that Internet platforms such as social media challenge Capitalism due to the value of everyone equally given the chance to express their views. This stops all the assumption and beliefs such as ownership as without the collective of people the Internet wouldn’t be worthwhile, so it like it belongs to the people.

In conclusion communism and capitalism, its understood why they are still active systems respectively, due to gaining equality and poverty being abolished, as oppose to ones survival instant to better themselves. As the ideology behind capitalism is that they believe free enterprise will allow them to thrive and better achieve things.


Dean, J. (2014) ‘Communism in the 21st century’. The European. Available at:–2/8500-communism-in-the-21st-century (Accessed: 6 March 2015).

South African History Online (n.d) Differences between Capitalism & Communism and why did it start in Russia? | South African History Online. Available at: (Accessed: 6 March 2015).

Communism and the City (Manchester)

Our task was to see how Communism shaped the city, after researching into many different places with a history of the system we eventually chose Manchester. Manchester seemed the best chose as it has a strong history, we were happy with making our Korsokow video in the city.

Friedrich Engles lived in Manchester who Karl Marx partnered in writing communist manifesto. Initially they wasn’t too keen on each other but as they both had the same intentions and beliefs for an equal system of class amongst the people, they soon joined forces. Karl Marx travelled down to Manchester where they wrote the iconic Communism manifesto. The journey to Manchester was really beneficial in understanding more in depth about the subject of communism and how it affected the city. It was really strange after researching these iconic figures, being in the same surrounding where Engles and Marx’s would sit down and research the conditions of the city, looking for a change. Fergus Wild a librarian at Chetham library gave us a really interesting insight on the history of the two.


Chetham Library was founded in 1653 and is the oldest public library within Britain.

Chethams_library_interior    chets1

This book in the picture was written in 1699, but other places state otherwise, according to Fergus Wild this was a key book studied by Marx and Engles throughout their rein. The book covers economics, population and growth. It also focused on the development of London and statistics oppose to others cities.


Although Manchester is known as one of places where communism had a strong history, Engles and Marx’s philosophy of equality are completely inexistent in the city today due to the capitalism approach. Conventions of communism were to get rid of categorising people in classes, whereas its back to the start, being even worse due to more revenue being made by corporations, banks, shopping centres. This is why there is still poverty as the money is kept within, oppose to communism equally structured way.

arndale centre shopping manchester flickr john burke   High street banks in Manchester. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown.

This a picture taken from the People Museum also in Manchester, which we visited just to get more of understanding about communism in the city.



internet Archive (no date) Several essays in political arithmetick: Petty, William, Sir, 1623-1687: Free Download & Streaming: Internet Archive. Internet Archive. Available at: (Accessed: 6 March 2015).

What is Communism?

What is Communism? “Though the term “communism” can refer to specific political parties, at its core, communism is an ideology of economic equality through the elimination of private property”. (Live science, n.d.) The system came to prominence with the help of German philosopher Karl Marx who is looked up at as an iconic figure. The reason for this being his work on the Communism Manifesto, which shaped the communist party. The party is also known as Marxism, which focused on social relations, analysing struggle due to the different classes. “Free the lower class from poverty and give the poor a fighting chance. How he believed it should be accomplished, however, was another story” (Hoyt, n.d.) Communists whom believed that everything should be done for the best of everyone and not just ones interest, being a feature of a world run on capitalism.


Hoyt, A. (n.d) ‘Communist Theories and Principles’. Available at: (Accessed: 6 March 2015).

Live science (n.d) ‘What Is Communism?’ Available at: (Accessed: 6 March 2015).

South African History Online (n.d) Differences between Capitalism & Communism and why did it start in Russia? | South African History Online. Available at: (Accessed: 6 March 2015).

Task 6 – Drawing from the Arts

This film is influenced by a painting by Francis Bacon who painted a lot surrealism, expressionism and cubism pictures during his time, using a distort but creative approach. This is what influenced the style being quite abstract which we used certain effects to achieve the representation of his work.