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Remediation: Understanding New Media

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Overview

Media critics remain captivated by the modernist myth of the new: they assume that digital technologies such as the World Wide Web, virtual reality, and computer graphics must divorce themselves from earlier media for a new set of aesthetic and cultural principles. In this richly illustrated study, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin offer a theory of mediation for our digital age that challenges this assumption. They argue that new visual media achieve their cultural significance precisely by paying homage to, rivaling, and refashioning such earlier media as perspective painting, photography, film, and television. They call this process of refashioning "remediation," and they note that earlier media have also refashioned one another: photography remediated painting, film remediated stage production and photography, and television remediated film, vaudeville, and radio.

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"The authors do a splendid job of showing precisely how technologies like computer games, digital photography, film television, the Web, and virtual reality all turn on the mutually constructive strategies of generating immediacy and making users hyperaware of the media themselves.... The authors lay out a provocative theory of contemporary selfhood, one that draws on and modifies current notions of the 'virtual' and 'networked' human subject. Clearly written and not overly technical, this book will interest general readers, students, and scholars engaged with current trends in technology." M. Uebel, Choice
Richard A. Lanham
Boleter and Grusin survey contemporary media, with broadranging theoretical sophistication, as an oscillating mixture of looking through the expressive medium and looking at it. They enrich their argument with carefully media commentators.
William J. Mitchell
Provides a wide-ranging and erceptive account of these cross-media interconnections, and develop some useful new perspectives on emerging digital media and their uses.
Michael Joyce
The authors provide a language for what we feel almost as a haptic irritation. Their 'double logic of remediation' provides a double dose of good sense and visionary calm, of sound scholarship and philosophic speculation.
N. Katherine Hayles
An instant classic, Remediation is required reading for anyone interested in the New Media, especially in relation to older forms of representation. This is one you won't want to miss!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262522793
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 750,579
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay David Bolter is Wesley Professor of New Media and Director, Center for New Media Research and Education in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Tech University.

Richard Grusin is Professor andChair of English at Wayne State University in Detroit.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Double Logic of Remediation
I Theory
1 Immediacy, Hypermediacy, and Remediation
2 Mediation and Remediation
3 Networks of Remediation
II Media
4 Computer Games
5 Digital Photography
6 Photorealistic Graphics
7 Digital Art
8 Film
9 Virtual Reality
10 Mediated Spaces
11 Television
12 The World Wide Web
13 Ubiquitous Computing
14 Convergence
III Self
15 The Remediated Self
16 The Virtual Self
17 The Networked Self
18 Conclusion
Glossary
References
IndeX
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