The Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New Media

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The Digital Diolectic is an interdisciplinary jam session about our visual and intellectual cultures as the computer recodes technologies, media, and art forms. Unlike purely academic texts on new media, the book includes contributions by scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs, who combine theoretical investigations with hands-on analysis of the possibilities (and limitations) of new technology. The key concept is the digital dialectic: a method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice. The ...
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Overview

The Digital Diolectic is an interdisciplinary jam session about our visual and intellectual cultures as the computer recodes technologies, media, and art forms. Unlike purely academic texts on new media, the book includes contributions by scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs, who combine theoretical investigations with hands-on analysis of the possibilities (and limitations) of new technology. The key concept is the digital dialectic: a method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice. The essays move beyond journalistic reportage and hype into serious but accessible discussion of new technologies, new media, and new cultural forms.
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Touted as an interdisciplinary jam session about our visual and intellectual cultures as the computer continues to pervade almost every moment of our lives, this book delivers in grand, thought-provoking style. Edited by Lunenfeld (communication and new media design, Art Center Coll. of Design), the volume offers a cornucopia of essays by almost a dozen contributors (including Lunenfeld himself), who draw inspiration from the 1995 Conference on the Convergence of Technology, Media, and Theory. None of the material seems dated (four years can be eons when considering technology), and a clear favorite has to be Brenda Laurels wry, memoir-like discourse on technology and entertainment, Musings on Amusements in America, or What I Did on My Summer Vacation. Other offerings include William J. Mitchells Replacing Place and George P. Landows Hypertext as Collage Writing. This effort in toto is an entertaining, unqualified success. Recommended for all collections.Geoff Rotunno, Valley Voice Newspaper, Goleta, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262122139
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/1999
  • Series: Leonardo Books Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lunenfeld is Professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA and the author of User: InfoTechnoDemo, Snap to Grid: A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures, andThe Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as CultureMachine, all published by the MIT Press.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction
Screen Grabs: The Digital Dialectic and New Media Theory
I The Real and the Ideal
1 Unfinished Business 6
2 The Cyberspace Dialectic 24
3 The Ethical Life of the Digital Aesthetic 46
II The Body and the Machine
4 The Condition of Virtuality 68
5 From Cybernation to Interaction: A Contribution to an Archaeology of Interactivity 96
6 Replacing Place 112
III The Medium and the Message
7 The Medium Is the Memory 130
8 Hypertext as Collage-Writing 150
9 What Is Digital Cinema? 172
IV The World and the Screen
10 "We Could Be Better Ancestors Than This": Ethics and First Principles for the Art of the Digital Age 198
11 Musings on Amusements in America, or What I Did on My Summer Vacation 214
Notes 236
Recommended Readings in New Media Theory 270
Index 284
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