The Language of New Media

A few reflections on Lev Manovich’s The Language of New Media. Page 272: “From the 1980s concept of cyberspace to 1990s software such as Netscape Navigator, interacting with computerized data and media has been consistently framed in spatial terms.” ^Spatial terms, yes, but only in two dimensions. Is this a way to narrow the focus…

15 November 2012

-In their intro to New Narratives: Stories and Storytelling in the Digital Age, Ruth Page and Bronwen Thomas claim that , “By the 1990s a wealth of criticism was available that made radical claims for a narrative revolution in the light of hyptertext, gaming, MUDs, and MOOs (Douglas 1992; Aarseth 1997; Landow 1997; Murray 1997;…

1 November 2012

-two hour teaching workshop (and requisite readings) on designing effective writing assignments with Roger Graves. Excellent stuff, as always. -read the introduction to Chun and Keenan’s enormous New Media Old Media: A History and Theory Reader. The intro was disappointingly good–disappointing because the book is massive and filled with all sorts of good stuff and…

30 October 2012

Started the blog (this blog!) in earnest today. I’ve been posting the log of research updates that I’ve been keeping (sporadically) for the past several months. Someone once said that links are the currency of the Web so I’ll link to the resources that I mention whenever I can. Although I’m still playing with the…

21 August 2012

-reading K. Hayles’s new book, How We Think. Prompted me to request Nicholas Carr’s The shallows : how the Internet is changing the way we think, read and remember, from 2010. Also requested, Gary Hall’s Digitize this Book!, which I’ve seen around a lot but not taken seriously (probably because the title reminds me too…