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The New Media Reader

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Nick Montfort (Editor)

Other authors: Espen J. Aarseth (Contributor), Philip E. Agre (Contributor), Roy Ascott (Contributor), Ben Bagdikian (Contributor), Jean Baudrillard (Contributor)81 more, Claude Berge (Contributor), Tim Berners-Lee (Contributor), Augusto Boal (Contributor), Richard A. Bolt (Contributor), J. David Bolter (Contributor), Jan L. Bordewijk (Contributor), Jorge Luis Borges (Contributor), William S. Burroughs (Contributor), Vannevar Bush (Contributor), Robert Cailliau (Contributor), Italo Calvino (Contributor), John Cayley (Contributor to CD), Robert Coover (Contributor), Critical Art Ensemble (Contributor), Will Crowther (Contributor to CD), Michael Crumpton (Designer), Gilles Deleuze (Contributor), William Dickey (Contributor to CD), Pelle Ehn (Contributor), Douglas Engelbart (Contributor), William English (Contributor), Hans Magnus Enzensberger (Contributor), Experiments in Art and Technology (Contributor), F. Randall Farmer (Contributor), Fernando Flores (Contributor), Paul Fournel (Contributor), Rob Fulop (Contributor to CD), Adele E. Goldberg (Contributor), Félix Guattari (Contributor), Donna Haraway (Contributor), Lynn Hershman (Contributor), Michael Joyce (Contributor), Ben van Kaam (Contributor), Allan Kaprow (Contributor), Alan Kay (Contributor), Robert Kendall (Contributor to CD), Billy Klüver (Contributor), Myron W. Krueger (Contributor), Morten Kyng (Contributor), Brenda Laurel (Contributor), Jean Lescure (Contributor), Les Levine (Contributor), J.C.R. Licklider (Contributor), Art Loutonen (Contributor), Judy Malloy (Contributor to CD), Lev Manovich (Introduction), Scott McCloud (Contributor), Marshall McLuhan (Contributor), Jordan Mechner (Contributor to CD), Chip Morningstar (Contributor), Stuart Moulthrop (Contributor), Janet H. Murray (Introduction), Nicholas Negroponte (Contributor), Graham Nelson (Contributor to CD), Theodor H. Nelson (Contributor), Douglas Neubauer (Contributor to CD), Bill Nichols (Contributor), Henrik Frystyk Nielsen (Contributor), Nam June Paik (Contributor), Seymour Papert (Contributor), Raymond Queneau (Contributor), Warren Robinett (Contributor to CD), Jim Rosenberg (Contributor to CD), Steve Russell (Contributor to CD), Arthur Secret (Contributor), Ben Shneiderman (Contributor), Richard Stallman (Contributor), Lucy A. Suchman (Contributor), Ivan Sutherland (Contributor), Alan Turing (Contributor), Sherry Turkle (Contributor), Bill Viola (Contributor), Howard Scott Warshaw (Contributor to CD), Graeme Weinbren (Contributor), Joseph Weizenbaum (Contributor), Norbert Wiener (Contributor), Raymond Williams (Contributor), Langdon Winner (Contributor), Terry Winograd (Contributor), Don Woods (Contributor to CD), Gregory Yob (Contributor to CD)

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This reader collects the texts, videos, and computer programs--many of them now almost impossible to find--that chronicle the history and form the foundation of the still-emerging field of new media. General introductions by Janet Murray and Lev Manovich, along with short introductions to each of the texts, place the works in their historical context and explain their significance. The texts were originally published between World War II--when digital computing, cybernetic feedback, and early notions of hypertext and the Internet first appeared--and the emergence of the World Wide Web--when they entered the mainstream of public life. The texts are by computer scientists, artists, architects, literary writers, interface designers, cultural critics, and individuals working across disciplines. The contributors include (chronologically) Jorge Luis Borges, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Ivan Sutherland, William S. Burroughs, Ted Nelson, Italo Calvino, Marshall McLuhan, Billy Kl?Jean Baudrillard, Nicholas Negroponte, Alan Kay, Bill Viola, Sherry Turkle, Richard Stallman, Brenda Laurel, Langdon Winner, Robert Coover, and Tim Berners-Lee. The CD accompanying the book contains examples of early games, digital art, independent literary efforts, software created at universities, and home-computer commercial software. Also on the CD is digitized video, documenting new media programs and artwork for which no operational version exists. One example is a video record of Douglas Engelbart's first presentation of the mouse, word processor, hyperlink, computer-supported cooperative work, video conferencing, and the dividing up of the screen we now call non-overlapping windows; another is documentation of Lynn Hershman's Lorna, the first interactive video art installation.… (more)
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The New Media Reader is a massive collection of papers, articles and book excerts anticipating or contributing to the emerging digital medium. It includes most of the significant work from the 1940s onwards, thus in a way sketching a cultural history of "new media."
The first section addresses the complexity and combinatorial possibilities of digital media, including the earliest precursor of what eventually became hypertext and the www: Bush, Engelbart, Nelson and other computing pioneers along with prescient artists such as Ascott and Oulipo. In the second section, the social nature of the new media is explored in an equally appropriate selection ranging from McLuhan to Baudrillard and Deleuze/Guattari. The third section is slightly more loosely connected around activity and action, including work by Papert, Turkle, Stallman, Winograd/Flores and others. In the fourth and final section, countercultural and revolutionary themes are explored in writings of Suchman, Ehn/Kyng, Bolter, Moulthrop, Agre, CAE, Berners-Lee and others. The supplementary CD contains several hard-to-find examples, including a few seminal games and artworks and a generous video excerpt of Engelbart's 1968 demo of the NLS system.
As the selection of names above illustrates, the New Media Reader is an impressive attempt to map the cultural history of the digital medium. It should be required reading for any interaction design student. Even though the history of our field is short, it is substantial and the perspective on digital artifacts as media is growing steadily in importance in the foreseeable future.
  jonas.lowgren | May 17, 2011 |
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This reader collects the texts, videos, and computer programs--many of them now almost impossible to find--that chronicle the history and form the foundation of the still-emerging field of new media. General introductions by Janet Murray and Lev Manovich, along with short introductions to each of the texts, place the works in their historical context and explain their significance. The texts were originally published between World War II--when digital computing, cybernetic feedback, and early notions of hypertext and the Internet first appeared--and the emergence of the World Wide Web--when they entered the mainstream of public life. The texts are by computer scientists, artists, architects, literary writers, interface designers, cultural critics, and individuals working across disciplines. The contributors include (chronologically) Jorge Luis Borges, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Ivan Sutherland, William S. Burroughs, Ted Nelson, Italo Calvino, Marshall McLuhan, Billy Kl?Jean Baudrillard, Nicholas Negroponte, Alan Kay, Bill Viola, Sherry Turkle, Richard Stallman, Brenda Laurel, Langdon Winner, Robert Coover, and Tim Berners-Lee. The CD accompanying the book contains examples of early games, digital art, independent literary efforts, software created at universities, and home-computer commercial software. Also on the CD is digitized video, documenting new media programs and artwork for which no operational version exists. One example is a video record of Douglas Engelbart's first presentation of the mouse, word processor, hyperlink, computer-supported cooperative work, video conferencing, and the dividing up of the screen we now call non-overlapping windows; another is documentation of Lynn Hershman's Lorna, the first interactive video art installation.

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