Funology 2 pp 535-541 | Cite as

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Enabling Creative Appropriation of Television

  • Erik BlankinshipEmail author
  • Pilapa Esara Carroll
Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


“Live long and prosper” and “beam me up” are popular quotes from the Star Trek television series. Quoting television can be considered a form of media appropriation. If people are given the ability to manipulate video clips of television directly will they construct their own media works? A software tool called talkTV provides this form of access by chunking television into video clips of dialogue that can be re-sequenced. An evaluation of this software tool occurred with Star Trek fans at an annual science fiction convention. The exploratory findings of this study suggest that if given access and the ability to re-purpose television, people enjoy constructing short fan films.



Special thanks to AlmaMedia and the sponsors of the MIT Media Laboratory.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Media ModificationsCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyThe College at BrockportNew YorkUSA

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