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Mechanisms : New Media and the Forensic Imagination (2008)

by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum

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I hesitated
before untying the bow
that bound this book together.
-William Gibson, "Agrippa"

(Preface)
What we are trying to freeze is actually the present, which offers a highly distorted, fragmentary version of the past. -Alexander Stille, The Future of the Past, quoting an Egyptologist on the preservation of the Great Sphinx of Giza

(Introduction)
It should always be emphasized that physical facts are not less significant simply because the unaided eye cannot see them. -Albert S. Osborn, Questioned Documents (Second Edition), 1929

(Chapter 1)
Each diskette is small (about 5-inch diameter) plastic disk coated so that the information may be stored on and erased from its surface. The coating is similar to the magnetic coating on a recording tape. The diskette is permanently sealed in a square black plastic cover which protects it, helps keep it clean and allows it to spin freely. This package is never opened. -The DOS Manual, Apple Computer Inc., 1980

(Chapter 1)
Visibility itself is not a measure of inscription, modification of the substratum is. -Marcus Novak "Transterraform" (undated, online)

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For Kari M. Kraus
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In Mechanisms, Matthew Kirschenbaum examines new media and electronic writing against the textual and technological primitives that govern writing, inscription, and textual transmission in all media: erasure, variability, repeatability, and survivability. Mechanisms is the first book in its field to devote significant attention to storage--the hard drive in particular--arguing that understanding the affordances of storage devices is essential to understanding new media. Drawing a distinction between "forensic materiality" and "formal materiality," Kirschenbaum uses applied computer forensics techniques in his study of new media works. Just as the humanities discipline of textual studies examines books as physical objects and traces different variants of texts, computer forensics encourage us to perceive new media in terms of specific versions, platforms, systems, and devices. Kirschenbaum demonstrates these techniques in media-specific readings of three landmark works of new media and electronic literature, all from the formative era of personal computing: the interactive fiction game Mystery House, Michael Joyce's Afternoon: A Story, and William Gibson's electronic poem "Agrippa."

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