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Mesh networks, for the win!
 
Throngs of pro-democracy protesters continue to organize in Hong Kong's central business district, despite government actions to limit access to both cell phone and Wifi,  They are doing this using self-organizing “mesh networks”… the kind of technology I’ve been berating everyone from Google to the US Government to Qualcomm to get behind, for twenty years.  To be clear, systems like FireChat rely upon bluetooth, which has short range. There’s  a critical mass issue and it is not proof against being tracked by authorities or even, in theory, jammed.  Still, according to the FireChat makers: "Once you build a mesh network ... now you have a network that is resilient, self-healing, cannot be controlled by any central organization, cannot be shut down and is always working.”

That's optimisticall utopian.  It is an important step, but any one such approach is vulnerable, which is why Qualcomm’s cellular peer-to-peer capability, built into their next LTE systems, will also be vital — assuming we can coerce the cell-cos like Verizon and ATT to turn it on.  These alternatives are not only vital to freedom in transition states, but also to Resilience in developed and democratic nations. When we have mesh and peer-to-peer backups, the inherent robustness will help civilization stay connected, even if (when) some disaster strikes.  

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/09/29/352476454/how-hong-kong-protesters-are-connecting-without-cell-or-wi-fi-networks
Pro-democracy protesters are downloading a fast-growing app called FireChat to stay in touch. It has been used around the world during political unrest.
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Hello, new to Dramatica theory.  I don't have the software - I'm on a linux machine.  I've actually been trying to develop my own theory of story for the past year, and so when I came to Dramatica a few days ago it was eerily familiar!  At least on the high levels of it.

Orson Scott Card advises that there are four genre categories of stories - what he calls the MICE quotient.  Milieu, Idea, Character and Event.

This lines up well with David Keirsey's identification of four "temperaments" of personality from the Myers-Briggs assessment: Identity, Knowledge, Security and Sensation temperaments.

Thus Identity is related to Milieu stories (social identity, political identity, family identity); Idea related to Knowledge stories; Security to Event stories; and Sensation to Character stories.

These fit well with the concept of genre: Idea stories like mysteries are about gaining knowledge, or Adventure stories are idea stories about testing abilities.

So it seemed to me the 4 Classes ought to be Identity, Knowledge, Security and Sensation.

Furthermore, if you look at Maslow's hierarchy of Needs, you can connect 8 needs to the 4 temperaments.  Identity is related to the need for Intimacy (friendship and love and trust) and Esteem (status).  Knowledge is related to the need for Truth and Ability (self-knowledge like Am I capable of climbing this mountain or will I chicken out?).  Security is related to the needs of justice, morality, and influence.  And Sensation is related to the needs for empathy and vision.

If I were to make my own version of Dramatica's Table of Elements, I'd put those 8 needs / motivations (which incidentally correspond to classic personality archetypes Chief, Best Friend, Professor, Swashbuckler, Warrior, Charmer, Lost Soul and Bad Boy) as 8 of the 16 Types.  The other eight I have ideas for as well.

So my question is why does Dramatica use the specific Classes, Types, Variations and Elements that it does?  I follow the logic of dynamic pairs, and structure and organization of the table, but it seems to me the reasons for the specific content are not explicitly justified as universally applicable in the online theory textbook I read.  The original version of the table seems to have a lot of overlap and things in weird groupings at the variation and element level.  My groupings are an attempt at basing it on actual psychological categories which show correlation to actual neurological structures in the brain.  I'm just wondering if there is a justification I'm not seeing for the groupings in the original table?  I'm eager to be enlightened.
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http://youtu.be/bNkkACX_nhw

Melanie talks about this topic. An overview connected to human ability in the mind and our relationship to the internal and external "world". Great question by the way!! But still look into her site. Far more detail. 
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How do the major plot turning points relate to each other?  The Types in the various quad positions are thematically parallel to the Types in the same position in the other Domains; should each turning point be all of the same parallel types or different (for example: inciting incident with a change in Purpose, turning point with a change in Method, next turning point with a change in Motivation, finally climax with a change in Evaluation).  And do those changes occur each in different throughlines?
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