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New Media, Old Media
A History and Theory Reader

ISBN 9780415942249
Published November 15, 2005 by Routledge
432 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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New Media, Old Media is a comprehensive anthology of original and classic essays that explore the tensions of old and new in digital culture. Leading international media scholars and cultural theorists interrogate new media like the Internet, digital video, and MP3s against the backdrop of earlier media such as television, film, photography, and print. The essays provide new benchmarks for evaluating all those claims; political, social, ethical, made about the digital age. Committed to historical research and to theoretical innovation, they suggest that in the light of digital programmability, seemingly forgotten moments in the history of the media we glibly call old can be rediscovered and transformed. The many topics explored in provocative volume include websites, webcams, the rise and fall of dotcom mania, Internet journalism, the open source movement, and computer viruses.

New Media, Old Media is a foundational text for general readers, students, and scholars of new media across the disciplines. It is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the cultural impact of new media.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Did Somebody Say New Media? Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Part I: The Archaeology of New Media

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

2. Electricity Made Visible, Geoffrey Batchen

3. "Tones from out of Nowhere": Rudolph Pfenninger and the Archaeology of Synthetic Sound, Thomas Y. Levin

Part II: Archives

4. Memex Revisited, Vannevar Bush

5. Out of File, Out of Mind, Cornelia Vismann

6. Dis/continuities: Does the Archive Become Metephorical in Multi-Media Space? Wolfgang Ernst

7. Breaking Down: Godard's Histories, Richard Dienst

8. Ordering Law, Judging History: Deliberations on Court TV, Lynne Joyrich

Part III: Power-Code

9. The Style of Sources: Remarks on the Theory and History of Programming, Wolfgang Hagen

10. Science as Open Source Process, Friedrich Kittler

11. Cold War Networks or Kaiserstr. 2, Neubabelsberg, Friedrich Kittler

12. Protocol vs. Institutionalizaion, Alexander R. Galloway

13. Reload: Liveness, Mobility, and the Web, Tara McPherson

14. Generation Flash, Lev Manovich

15. Viruses Are Good for You, Julian Dibbell

16. The Imaginary of the Artificial: Automata, Models, Machinics--On Promiscuous Modeling as Precondition for Poststructuralist Ontology, Anders Michelsen

Part IV: Network Events

17. Information, Crisis, Catastrophe, Mary Ann Doane

18. The Weird Global Media Event and the Tactical Intellectural [version 3.0], McKenzie Wark

19. Imperceptible Perceptions in our Technological Modernity, Arvind Rajagopal

20. Deep Europe: A History of the Syndicate Network, Geert Lovink

21. The Cell Phone and the Crowd: Messianic Politics in the Contemporary Philippines, Vicente L. Rafael

Part V: Theorizing "New" Media

22. Cybertyping and the Work of Race in the Age of Digital Reproduction, Lisa Nakamura

23. Network Subjects: or, The Ghost is the Message, Nicholas Mirzoeff

24. Modes of Digital Identification: Virtual Technologies and Webcam Cultures, Ken Hillis

25. Hypertext Avant La Lettre, Peter Krapp

26. Network Fever, Mark Wigley

Afterword: The Demystifica-hic-tion of In-hic-formation, Thomas Keenan



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Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.

Thomas W. Keenan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Human Rights Project at Bard College. He is author of Fables of Responsibility: Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics, and coeditor of Paul de Man's Wartime Journalism, 1939-1943 and Responses: On Paul de Man's Wartime Journalism.