Month: June 2013

Writer on Your Show? Show the Writing

Netflix’ great House of Cards has this character named Zoe Barnes who writes for a political news website called “Slugline.”

In the wake of the NSA’s PRISM wiretapping controversy, I went looking for slugline.com. Nothing. What an obvious missed transmedia opportunity!

Yes, some fans are having fun on Twitter but it doesn’t appear directed – yet.

It wouldn’t take much effort to maintain an online presence at Slugline.com. The payoffs could be great fun for the audience. In the show, there are interesting political intrigue bits mentioned in passing about the political context of that world, many of which serve to paint a fuller picture of the characters’ tense lives. Because the writing is so good, many threads are picked up in subsequent episodes, they converge and become plot points. But lots of these political tidbits don’t rise to that level. These could be used as set-ups for online payoffs which are focused via Slugline.com. read more