Contextual Media: Multimedia and Interpretation / Edition 1

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Contextual Media expands upon the theme of social construction of knowledge developed in Edward Barrett's three previous volumes. The thirteen contributions focus on specific applications of multimedia technology to cultural institutions such as museums, universities, and corporate environments; they analyze narrative and other navigational structures in various interactive multimedia systems and make recommendations for the design of future systems based on these analyses; and they present innovative uses of multimedia that break out of the confines of a single terminal to develop interactive transformational environments.Contributors : Colin Beardon,Walter Bender, Edward Brown, Mark H. Chignell, Glorianna Davenport, Ben Davis, Peter S. Donaldson,Larry Friedlander, Geri Gay, Ricki Goldman-Segall, Janet H. Murray, Patrick Purcell, Michael Roy,Niall Sweeney, Laura Teodosio, Suzette Worden.

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Essays focus on specific applications of multimedia technology to cultural institutions such as museums, universities, and corporate environments, and analyze narrative and other navigational structures in various interactive systems. A common theme is the development of strategies to improve the design of future systems. Includes b&w photos. Many of the chapters were presented as papers at the 1993 conference on Culture, Technology, Interpretation: The Challenge of Multimedia, held in Dublin, Ireland. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262522397
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Series: Digital Communication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Barrett is Senior Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies atMIT.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Hiding the Head of Medusa: Objects and Desire in a Virtual Environment
1 Interactive Transformational Environments: Wheel of Life 1
2 Deconstructing the Humpty Dumpty Myth: Putting It Together to Create Cultural Meaning 27
3 How to Do Things without Words: The Multicultural Promise of Multimedia 53
4 The Virtual Curator: Multimedia Technologies and the Roles of Museums 63
5 Multimedia Production: Non-Linear Storytelling Using Digital Technologies 87
6 The Shakespeare Interactive Archive: New Directions in Electronic Scholarship on Text and Performance 103
7 The Pedagogy of Cyberfiction: Teaching a Course on Reading and Writing Interactive Narrative 129
8 Space of Experience: On Designing Multimedia Applications 163
9 Issues in Accessing and Constructing Multimedia Documents 175
10 End User as Developer: Free-Form Multimedia 189
11 Salient Video Stills: Content and Context Preserved 213
12 The Multimedia Prospect: A Case for Redefinition 233
13 Wheel of Culture 247
Index 259
Contributors 261
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