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On a Silver Platter: CD-ROMs and the Promises of a New Technology [NOOK Book]

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When the new medium of CD-ROMs emerged, industry figures and critics alike proclaimed their virtually unlimited potential. Adapting material from well-established media like television and film, CD-ROMs have quickly transformed genres such as science fiction and horror. At the same time, the realities of actual CD-ROMs often fall short of their utopian visions.

On a Silver Platter marks a "coming of age" for CD-ROMs as a commercially and aesthetically significant medium ...

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On a Silver Platter: CD-ROMs and the Promises of a New Technology

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Overview


When the new medium of CD-ROMs emerged, industry figures and critics alike proclaimed their virtually unlimited potential. Adapting material from well-established media like television and film, CD-ROMs have quickly transformed genres such as science fiction and horror. At the same time, the realities of actual CD-ROMs often fall short of their utopian visions.

On a Silver Platter marks a "coming of age" for CD-ROMs as a commercially and aesthetically significant medium demanding critical attention. Greg Smith brings together media scholars such as Lisa Cartwright, Henry Jenkins, Janet Murray, and Scott Bukatman to analyze how CD-ROMs offer alternatives to familiar places--to museums, to cities, and especially to classrooms. Examining specific CD-ROM titles, including, Sim City, Civilization, and Phantasmagoria, the contributors argue that CD-ROMs are complex texts worthy of close consideration, both for how they have changed our understanding of space and genre, and for how they will impact the development of future media.

By examining particular CD-ROM texts and contexts, On a Silver Platter probes this new medium for insight and understanding into the current state of multimedia and into the future of technology.

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This varied, mostly inspiring, collections of essays on the current and possible future uses of CD-ROMs was put together as a clarion call to academia to become more actively engaged in the development of this medium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814708538
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 4 MB

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Greg M. Smith teaches media studies at Carlow College in Pittsburgh, PA. He is coediting Passionate Views: Thinking About Film and Emotion.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: A Few Words about Interactivity 1
2 Before the Holodeck: Translating Star Trek into Digital Media 35
3 "To Waste More Time, Please Click Here Again": Monty Python and the Quest for Film/CD-ROM Adaptation 58
4 "Evil Will Walk Once More": Phantasmagoria - The Stalker Film as Interactive Movie? 87
5 Busy Box Interface: The Pleasures of Winding 113
6 Civilization and Its Discontents: Simulation, Subjectivity, and Space 132
7 Museum (Dis)Play: Imagining the Museum on CD-ROM 151
8 Virtual Kinship in a Postmodern World: Computer-Mediated Genealogy Communities 184
9 Fantasies of Mastery or Masteries of Fantasy? Playing with CD-ROMs in the 5th Dimension 211
10 Showing and Telling: Developing CD-ROMs for the Classroom and Research 239
11 Doing Theory in Hypermedia Practice: A Case Study of the HyperHistory Video Project 261
Contributors 279
Index 283
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