The New Media Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

This reader collects the texts, videos, and computer programs—many of them now almost impossible to find—that chronicle the history and form the foundation of the still-emerging field of new media. General introductions by Janet Murray and Lev Manovich, along with short introductions to each of the texts, place the works in their historical context and explain their significance. The texts were originally published between World War II—when digital computing,cybernetic feedback, and early notions of hypertext and the Internet first appeared—and the emergence of the World Wide Web—when they entered the mainstream of public life.The texts are by computer scientists, artists, architects, literary writers, interface designers, cultural critics,and individuals working across disciplines. The contributors include (chronologically) Jorge LuisBorges, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Ivan Sutherland, William S. Burroughs, Ted Nelson, ItaloCalvino, Marshall McLuhan, Billy Billy Klüver, Jean Baudrillard, Nicholas Negroponte, Alan Kay, Bill Viola,Sherry Turkle, Richard Stallman, Brenda Laurel, Langdon Winner, Robert Coover, and Tim Berners-Lee.

The CD accompanying the book contains examples of early games, digital art, independent literary efforts, software created at universities, and home-computer commercial software. Also on the CD is digitized video, documenting new media programs and artwork for which no operational version exists.

One example is a video record of Douglas Engelbart's first presentation of the mouse, word processor, hyperlink, computer-supported cooperative work, video conferencing, and the dividing up of the screen we now call non-overlapping windows; another is documentation of Lynn Hershman'sLorna, the first interactive video art installation.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A stunner...." Brian Kim Stefans New York Fine Arts Quarterly

"The New Media Reader...is my if-you-can-only-take-one pick for a computer history vacation suitcase-stuffer." Michael Swaine Dr. Dobb's Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262232272
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 840
  • Sales rank: 646,395
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Noah Wardrip-Fruin is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at theUniversity of California, Santa Cruz. He is the coeditor of four collections published by the MITPress: with Nick Montfort, The New Media Reader (2003); with Pat Harrigan,First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game (2004), Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media (2007),and Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives (2009).

Nick Montfort is Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT and the coauthor ofRacing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (MIT Press, 2009).

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Table of Contents

Advisors
Preface: The New Media Reader, A User's Manual
Acknowledgments
Perspectives on New Media: Two Introductions
Inventing the Medium
New Media from Borges to HTML
I The Complex, the Changing, and the Indeterminate
II Collective Media, Personal Media
III Design, Activity, and Action
IV Revolution, Resistance, and the Launch of the Web
Permissions
Index
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