The digital dialectic new essays on new media

He wonders who is served by the developments and advancements in digital technology. He proposes a return to the Greek model of the dialectic as a conversation and dialogue, as opposed to the Marxist sense of dialectics which he feels is too closely associated with the "transformational dynamics of social history" What we have then is a book for an academic audience that incorporates perspectives from outside the academy.

Each of these contributions would have made engaging presentations at the conference in Pasadena, from whence they came, but I doubt they would have caused many arguments. The first section, entitled "The Real and the Ideal," sets out the dialectic as a useful model for technological discussions and outlines how the authors envision a technological dialectic.

In an effort to accommodate a wide range of dialectics, the book as a physical object is left with little meaning at all. It ranges from the application of ideas in practice, deconstruction, Marxist analysis and romanticism. Based on a conference entitled "The Digital Dialectic: He questions our desire to allocate enormous resources to technology and asks if we fully appreciate the potential harm it may create.

Many of the chapters seem designed for the conference floor. The editor and essayists hope to begin a serious discussion on new media—one outside the hype prevalent in many conversations on the merits and demerits of new digital technologies.

Of course, there are other less mountainous paths, such as the rhizomic trajectories of Gilles Deleuze, but that would imply a different theme.

They too often end on a sweet alchemical note that might warm the hearts of a conference audience, but leaves the armchair reader unsatisfied.

In her contribution, "The Condition of Virtuality," N. It would be terrific if Leonardo Books could use this collection as a seed-bed for further publications and allow some of its authors to grasp the opportunity of a full volume.

For example, George P. While an expert in surfing the trends of new media, Mitchell is not at all concerned with their undercurrents. As in any jam session, the rest of the volume is mediocre with occasional glimpses of brilliance.

A Conference on the Convergence of Technology, Media, and Theory," this collection of eleven essays connects artists and their work to others in the fields of art and science. Landow, in "Hypertext as Collage-Writing," provides a explanation of what makes hypertext unique and illustrates how hypertext blurs borders, stresses connections, creates fluidity, and changes the role of the author and the reader.

Without the struggle between opposites, there is no progress. In his essay "The Cyberspace Dialectic," Michael Heim argues that the use of a dialectical model in discussions of digital technology will "move beyond the polarity of fear and fascination that characterizes the continuum binding the fans of the antitechnology Unabomber to the millions who use computers to surf the Internet" The second section, "The Body and the Machine" examines virtual reality, cybernetics, and the history of cyberspace to address the nature of the relationship between human beings and computers.

These works illustrate her case that information inevitably requires material instantiation — a significant argument that warrants more unpacking.

The digital dialectic : new essays on new media

The final two essays in the fourth section, "The World and the Screen," are the most engrossing. New Essays on New Media. In "What is Digital Cinema? He argues that the digital revolution in film will result in a shift away from our fixation on the real and bring films back to their animated beginnings as they become less copies of reality and more digital animation.

The abstract cover design favours neither one of these. Its strength is that it is grounded in practice and expert knowledge of the form it analyzes. Despite drawbacks, The Digital Dialectic: This section has the most theoretical leanings of the collection.

The contributors ask, not which HTML editor is best, but how does the world wide web influence subjectivity? It is no longer an indexical media technology but, rather, a subgenre of painting.

The collection praises the potential of the digital, and it begins to address the larger issues connected to digital technologies, but we need to hear more answers about how these technologies will transform our society, history, and ideology.

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In "From Cybernation to Interaction" Erkki Huhtamo provides a compelling overview of the history of automation and cybernation, and points to the danger of current debates that are not informed by this history.

The third section, entitled "The Medium and the Message," focuses on specific digital projects. Carr Cultural Studies Program. Like a series of three minute symphonies, the collection left me hankering for a more substantial treatment.

Alternative covers might have illustrated specific nuances of digital dialectic, such as decaying computers, blossoming screens or Luddite mayhem. On the other side of the millennium, the icing on the digital revolution seems a little stale.

They do not discuss how to publish a journal on-line, but rather how computers and virtual writing change literature, and, thus, the reader. It would be very interesting to see what Lev Manovich could do given free reign between the covers of his own book. Its weakness is that the collection overall suffers from the "conference collection syndrome," in that the contributions are uneven in accessibility and the sense of unity between the essays is strained.Peter Lunenfeld the Digital Dialectic New Essays on New Media Leonardo Books - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read book online.

Scribd is the world's largest social reading and publishing site. The Digital Dialectic 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.

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The Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New Media. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, Based on a conference entitled "The Digital Dialectic: A Conference on the Convergence of Technology, Media, and Theory," this collection of eleven essays. The Digital Dialectic has 21 ratings and 1 review.

Computers linked to networks have created the first broadly used systems that allow individuals to cre /5. 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.5/5(3).

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