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What do Bear Grylls and Black Mirror Have in Common?

Dave Will
January 6, 2021

With a lot of our school activities cancelled, and social outings kept to a minimum, and travel basically evaporated, I've been binge watching Netflix... among everything else.

Among my favorites: Billions, Game of Thrones, Love (a little more obscure on Netflix), Vikings, The Mandalorian, The Queen's Gambit, Stranger Things, Dark, Black Mirror... oh god, so much to do.

The directors behind these shows have created brilliant stories that draw us in. They create a story and show it to us. Much like Stephen King or J.K. Rowling write and tell us a story. They're brilliant at what they do.

But, what they DON'T do is engage the audience. You sit and watch, or read.

If you remember there was a series of books called "choose your own adventure" books that allow you to pick where you want the story to go. It was a different approach designed to engage the reader.

Now there are some TV shows doing something similar.

Bear Grylls has a show called You vs. Wild where he takes you on an adventure in the wild and several times, using your remote control, you answer a question that takes you down your preferred journey.

And Black Mirror, which is kind of a shocking modern version of Twilight Zone, created a similar episode where you help the main character make decisions, including what to eat for breakfast!

I don't believe that the interactive shows are going to ever replace the traditional shows, just like "choose your own adventure" books didn't take over literature, but it's interesting to see how other industries are engaging their audience.

What are you doing to engage your members? I'd love to help you with PropFuel!

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