Remediation: Understanding New Media

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MIT Press, 2000 - 295 pages
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Media critics remain captivated by the modernist myth of the new: they assume thatdigital technologies such as the World Wide Web, virtual reality, and computer graphics must divorcethemselves from earlier media for a new set of aesthetic and cultural principles. In this richlyillustrated study, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin offer a theory of mediation for our digitalage that challenges this assumption. They argue that new visual media achieve their culturalsignificance precisely by paying homage to, rivaling, and refashioning such earlier media asperspective painting, photography, film, and television. They call this process of refashioning"remediation," and they note that earlier media have also refashioned one another: photographyremediated painting, film remediated stage production and photography, and television remediatedfilm, vaudeville, and radio.

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User Review  - breadhat - LibraryThing

Written in the late 1990s, this book is little worse for wear. It lays out a highly useful and understandable framework for how media borrow from each other and situate themselves in relation to other ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adam Sprague - Goodreads

This is pure nonsense. Was this even researched? I'm glad I only wasted $4 on it. Read full review

About the author (2000)

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.

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