2nd Edition

New Media, Old Media A History and Theory Reader

    752 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    752 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This much-expanded and updated second edition of New Media, Old Media brings together original and classic essays that explore the tensions of old and new in digital culture. Touching on topics including media archaeology, archives, software studies, surveillance, big data, social media, organized networks, digital art, and the Internet of Things, this newly revised critical anthology is essential reading for anyone studying the cultural impact of new and digital media.


    Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, "Someone Said New Media"

    I. Archaeology of Multi-Media

    Introduction, Anna Watkins Fisher

    1. Thomas Elsaesser: "Early Film History and Multi-Media: An Archaeology of Possible Futures?"

    2. Lev Manovich, "The Language of Cultural Interfaces"

    3. Wolfgang Ernst, "Dis/continuities: Does the Archive Become Metaphorical in Multi-Media Space"

    4. Jonathan Sterne, "Format Theory"

    5. Lisa Parks, "Earth Observation and Signal Territories: Studying U.S. Broadcast Infrastructure through Historical Network Maps, Google Earth, and Fieldwork"

    6. Lisa Nakamura, "Indigenous Circuits: Navajo Women and the Racialization of Early Electronic Manufacture"

    7. Steve Anderson, "Reflections on The Virtual Window Interactive," with an addendum by Tristan Rodman, "Through The Virtual Window"

    II. Archives

    Introduction, Anna Watkins Fisher

    8. Vannevar Bush, "Memex Revisited"

    9. Cornelia Vismann, "Out of File, Out of Mind"

    10. Lisa Gitelman, "Raw Data is an Oxymoron"

    11. Matthew Kirschenbaum, "Extreme Inscription: A Grammatology of the Hard Drive"

    12. Hito Steyerl, "In Defense of the Poor Image"

    13. Rick Prelinger, "The Disappearance of Archives"

    14. Ariella Azoulay, "Revolutionary Moments and State Violence"

    III. Power-Code

    Introduction, Anna Watkins Fisher

    15. Wolfgang Hagen, "Style of Sources: Remarks on the Theory and History of Programming Languages"

    16. Tara McPherson, "U.S. Operating Systems at Mid-Century: The Intertwining of Race and UNIX"

    17. Friedrich Kittler, "Science as Open Source Process"

    18. Alexander R. Galloway, "Protocol vs. Institutionalization"

    19. Jussi Parikka, "Viral Ecologies: A Brief Media Archaeology of Software and Artificial Life"

    20. Anna Watkins Fisher, "User Be Used: Leveraging the Play in the System"

    IV. Network-Events

    Introduction, Anna Watkins Fisher

    21. Mary Ann Doane, "Information, Crisis, Catastrophe"

    22. McKenzie Wark, "The Weird Global Media Event and the Tactical Intellectual [version 3.0]"

    23. Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter, "The Politics of Organized Networks: The Art of Collective Coordination and the Seriality of Demands"

    24. Nicholas Mirzoeff, "You Are Not A Loan: Debt and New Media"

    25. Arvind Rajagopal, "Imperceptible Perceptions in Our Technological Modernity"

    26. Vicente L. Rafael, "The Cell Phone and the Crowd"

    27. Mercedes Bunz, "Things Are Not to Blame: Technical Agency and Thing Theory in the Face of the Internet of Things"

    V. Use

    Introduction, Anna Watkins Fisher

    28. Tiziana Terranova, "Free Labor"

    29. danah boyd, "Participating in the Always-On Lifestyle"

    30. YiPing (Zona) Tsou, "Digital Natives in the Name of a Cause: From ‘Flash Mob’ to ‘Human Flesh Search’"

    31. Julie Levin Russo, "Many Copies: Cylon Television and Hybrid Video"

    32. Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter, "Biopower Play: World of Warcraft"

    33. Lawrence Liang, "Porous Legalities and Avenues of Participation"

    34. Anna Everett, "Toward a Theory of the Egalitarian Technosphere: How Wide Is the Digital Divide?"

    VI.  Desiring Data

    Introduction, Anna Watkins Fisher

    35. Jean Baudrillard, "The Masses: The Implosion of the Social in the Media"

    36. Thomas Y. Levin, "Rhetoric of the Temporal Index: Surveillant Space and the Cinema of ‘Real Time’"

    37. Nishant Shah, "Exposed Net Porn: Penetrating Regulation, Bodies and Sexuality in the Age of the Internet"

    38. E. Gabriella Coleman, "Phreaks, Hackers, and Trolls: The Politics of Transgression and Spectacle"

    39. Taina Bucher, "Want to Be On the Top? Algorithmic Power and the Threat of Invisibility on Facebook"

    40. Siva Vaidhyanathan, "The Googlization of Us: Universal Surveillance and Infrastructural Imperialism"

    41. Derek Gregory, "From a View to a Kill: Drones and Late Modern War"

    42. Michael Stevenson, "Slashdot, Open News and Informated Media: Exploring the Intersection of Imagined Futures and Web Publishing Technology"

    VII. Re-Newing Media

    Introduction, Anna Watkins Fisher

    43. Miriam Hansen, "Early Cinema, Late Cinema"

    44. Lynne Joyrich, "Tubular Vision: The Ins and Outs of Television Studies"

    45. Nicole Starosielski, "Relaying the Atlantic Cable: Submerged Histories of Undersea Network"

    46. Ian Bogost, "Why Gamification is Bullshit"

    47. Florian Cramer, "What is ‘Post-Digital’?"

    48. Kara Keeling, "Queer OS"

    49. Jennifer González, "The Face and the Public: Race, Secrecy, and Digital Art Practice"


    Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT Press, 2006), Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT Press, 2011), and Habitual New Media (MIT Press, 2016).

    Anna Watkins Fisher is Assistant Professor of American Culture and the Residential College at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    Thomas W. Keenan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Human Rights Program at Bard College.

    "With this revision, editors Wendy Chun and Anna Watkins Fisher have made a major resource that much more indispensable. Ranging from media archaeology to critical discourses of race, class and technology, to close readings of net porn, this collection balances not only the old and the new, but also the specifics of media materiality and globally-conscious theoretical inquiry." —Peter Lunenfeld, Department of Design Media Arts, UCLA

    "The new edition of New Media, Old Media not only expands but intensifies the bold enterprise of media history. Global in its reach, and dealing with political economy and postcolonialism, physics and environmental critique, law and war, citizen journalism and queer theory among many other topics, New Media, Old Media overturns simplistic notions of continual progress, rewriting the very concept of historical process, and making clear that media in all their variety are the very material of history. A crucial handbook for all students of media, of history, and of the challenges we will face in the future." —Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths, University of London