Protagonize is the featured story on CBC.ca/Arts today! Sarah Liss of CBCNews.ca interviewed me over the weekend and we discussed the site â€” from concept to launch â€” in some detail. I’m very pleased with the article and I hope it’ll be a boon to Protagonize’s growth.
Here’s a quote from the interview:
“”I donâ€™t like a lot of the sites where theyâ€™ve created this false sense of community but they never ever interact,â€ he says. Bouton started strategizing the site to pass the time during his fiancÃ©eâ€™s weeknight shifts at nursing school. Since he began sketching out the project in June 2007, itâ€™s kept him busier than he ever expected. Over the last several weeks, heâ€™s averaged four hours of sleep a night. Judging from his output, heâ€™s up late cobbling together his own curious narratives.
“Unlike the limited plot options dictated by the authors of those old-school Choose Your Own Adventures, these Web 2.0 versions can stretch on into perpetuity. Sometimes, Bouton plays the part of deus ex machina, stepping in to rescue a narrative from a premature death. Bouton cautions users that the quickest way to kill a ripping yarn is by offing its main character. In one hilarious instance, the hapless heroine of the tale â€œHot or not?â€ succumbed to death by â€œcuncerâ€ (likely a misspelling). Seeing this pitfall, Bouton quickly intervened. â€œFortunately,â€ Bouton wrote, â€œCuncer is 100% curable, unlike the notorious Cancer. Whew, close call there.â€”
You can read the rest of the interview over at CBC.ca/Arts.