This chapter focuses on the work of Kate Nash, Sandra Gaudenzi, Jon Dovey, and Mandy Rose, all of whom have been at the forefront of critical thinking on digital interactive formats, in order to delineate with some specificity the potentiality and the challenges that interactivity presents for documentary politics. There has been a remarkable explosion of digital interactive documentary production over the last ten years. A range of prestigious, well-established producers and commissioners of socially and politically oriented documentary and non-fiction content, such as the National Film Board of Canada, ARTE France, NPR, the Guardian, and the New York Times, have been in some cases extensively involved in funding digital interactive documentary. Documentary’s ability to formulate robust answers to these issues of participatory trust, integrity and ethics, without which, as Aufderheide maintains, the work no longer has documentary status, will define its future as it moves forward into this ever-growing world of interactive and participatory culture.
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© 2016 Yannis Tzioumakis and Claire Molloy for editorial matter and selection; individual chapters, the contributors.