New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader / Edition 1

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New Media, Old Media examines the historical context of new media technologies. In this volume of original and classic essays, leading media and cultural theorists interrogate new media against the background of older media such as film, photography, and print in order to evaluate the multiple claims-political, social, ethical, and aesthetic-made about the radical difference of the digital age. Topics discussed include webcams, dotcom mania, Internet journalism, and race on the Web. This provocative collection promises to jolt new media theory out of its dogmatic slumber and serve as a foundational text for students of media across the disciplines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415942249
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT Press, Cambridge, 2006) and Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT Press, Cambridge, 2011).

Anna Watkins Fisher is a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.

Thomas W. Keenan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Human Rights Program at Bard College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: "did somebody say new media?" 1
1 Early film history and multi-media : an archaeology of possible futures? 13
2 Electricity made visible 27
3 "Tones from out of Nowhere" : Rudolph Pfenninger and the archaeology of synthetic sound 45
4 Memex revisited 85
5 Out of file, out of mind 97
6 Dis/continuities : does the archive become metaphorical in multi-media space? 105
7 Breaking Down : Godard's Histories 125
8 Ordering law, judging history : deliberations on Court TV 133
9 The style of sources : remarks on the theory and history of programming languages 157
10 Science as open source process 177
11 Cold War networks or Kaiserstr. 2, Neubabelsberg 181
12 Protocol vs. institutionalization 187
13 Reload : liveness, mobility, and the Web 199
14 Generation flash 209
15 Viruses are good for you 219
16 The imaginary of the artificial : automata, models, machinics - on promiscuous modeling as precondition for poststructuralist ontology 233
17 Information, crisis, catastrophe 251
18 The weird global media event and the tactical intellectual [version 3.0] 265
19 Imperceptible perceptions in our technological modernity 277
20 Deep Europe : a history of the syndicate network 287
21 The cell phone and the crowd : messianic politics in the contemporary Philippines 297
22 Cybertyping and the work of race in the age of digital reproduction 317
23 Network subjects : or, the ghost is the message 335
24 Modes of digital identification : virtual technologies and webcam cultures 347
25 Hypertext Avant La Lettre 359
26 Network fever 375
Afterword : the demystifica-hic-tion of in-hic-formation 399
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