Janet Murray

School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Statement of Expertise
Expert in interactive narrative and the future of television, games, narrative, and storytelling

Why do we need a new genre of storytelling? It’s not a matter of more thrilling entertainment, but of stretching human capacities. I believe we have reached the limit of what we can understand about the world by unisequential formats such as books, movies and television shows.

Areas of Expertise

  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
  • Interactive Narrative
  • Interactive Television
  • Narrative Video Games


Murray is a noted scholar of digital media, an influential interaction designer, and the author of Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace, a seminal text in digital media that remains widely read in multiple languages and cited more 20 years after its initial release, leading to its re-publication in an updated edition. She is the creator of the first university course in interactive narrative and helped establish one of the world’s first Ph.D. program in digital media.

She can comment on stories related to the future of narrative storytelling, including the convergence of television and websites, social media, and video games, uses of augmented reality or virtual reality in storytelling, and other stories related to the evolution of traditional media in the digital age.