(a) The Little Mermaid is a perfect example of a transmedia story because it began as a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, then was adopted into a classic Disney movie in the late 80s, as well as others, such as the more recent television show Once Upon A Time. Considering the four primary components of convergence between the story and the audience, The Little Mermaid carries in many forms (such as Spotify or iTunes audiobooks, digital story ibooks, or Amazon video streaming) over thousands of electronic connections in delivery systems into millions of hardware (PCs, radios, phones, laptops) all of such as digitized media and traveling in such platforms where coding and the audience is capable of leaving reviews, comments, continuing their own story in forums or fan fiction pages. This story has been converted from its original platform into a digital transmedia story that creates convergence by carrying the four primary components into a tangible form into its audience.
(b) The interactions between humans and technology have been classified as cyborgs under Haraway’s definition and I’m going to zero in on the more recent adaptation of the Little Mermaid in the tv series Once Upon a Time (OUAT). The producers and screenplay writers use their own ideas to conceptualize challenging-to-produce scenes with the help of animated technologies and to then film and later edit, like the OUAT episode 15 in season 4 where Ariel can be seen saving Hook. These technologies allow the producers and filming staff to film the necessary scenes on green screen or in another easily manipulated setting and to then send it off to the editors and animators who further cut and layer multiple software manipulations for a finished product. Without these technologies, we would not be able to produce these nearly impossible scenes, or what I like to call “alternate realities”, into a tangible, transmedia story. In this case, I do somewhat agree with the statement of the use of technology making human capabilities less valuable for some points, in the sense that the audience wants to be taken on a new experience and without technology, it’s difficult to stray away from the heavy and colorful media that has already been accustomed too. So basically, it sells. People want colors, bright, new action. Though here’s why I disagree, the human mind is unlimited. It’s a resource that, I think, is the most valuable one to this universe, and I believe that speaks for itself, more or less.