At first glance, This House has People in it is incredibly confusing and almost has no real meaning to it. The video itself portrays an “average” family being videoed as they go through their everyday life. As the story progresses, things get weirder and weirder leading to incomprehensible events such as the daughter sinking through the floor. If only exposed to the video, it is understandable how one could walk away feeling cheated, or puzzled. However, when really immersing yourself into the film, there’s almost no end to it’s substance. This is greatly due to it’s massive database of information that is hidden under the surface for curious viewers to discover, as well as the many migratory clues that aid the viewer in reaching that database.
As defined in The Language of New Media, written by Lev Manovich, a database is a structured collection of data, organized for fast search and retrieval by computer, in addition it does not order these events. The database presented in This House has people in it fits this description perfectly as it help the viewer to easy find additional text relating to the original video.
The database is key in developing the narrative of the video. A Narrative creates a cause and effect trajectory, and the database helps the user discover what exactly has caused these ridiculous events to occur.
In the end, there is still much speculation as to how the events portrayed in the video actually transpired, but the introduction of the database to aid in developing the narrative is incredibly interesting, and I believe it embodies the genre of “New Media.”