Digital Media Revisited
Theoretical and Conceptual Innovations in Digital Domains
572 pp., 7 x 9 in, 65 illus.
- Published: March 28, 2003
- Publisher: The MIT Press
- Published: September 17, 2004
- Publisher: The MIT Press
Interdisciplinary essays on the relationship between practice and theory in new media.
Arguing that "first encounters" have already applied traditional theoretical and conceptual frameworks to digital media, the contributors to this book call for "second encounters," or a revisiting. Digital media are not only objects of analysis but also instruments for the development of innovative perspectives on both media and culture. Drawing on insights from literary theory, semiotics, philosophy, aesthetics, ethics, media studies, sociology, and education, the contributors construct new positions from which to observe digital media in fresh and meaningful ways. Throughout they explore to what extent interpretation of and experimentation with digital media can inform theory. It also asks how our understanding of digital media can contribute to our understanding of social and cultural change.
The book is organized in four sections: Education and Interdisciplinarity, Design and Aesthetics, Rhetoric and Interpretation, and Social Theory and Ethics. The topics include the effects on reading of the multimodal and multisensory aspects of the digital environment, the impact of practice on the medium of theory, how digital media are dissolving the boundaries between leisure and work, and the impact of cyberspace on established ethical principles.
Digital Media Revisited contends that innovative work in and analysis of the digital media domain can and should lead to innovative theory, in turn informing development and cross-fertilization in culture and society. Its impressive array of international scholarship and practice-based research spans leading thinking from semiotic theory to play and interactive systems. The book emphasizes social responsibility, human-centred applications and communication, and emergent intermedia research environments (without neglecting established institutions). Altogether, Liestol and his colleagues offer a stimulating, comprehensible and thematically coherent overview of forward-looking thinking about digital media.
Maureen Thomas, Creative Director, Cambridge University Moving Image Studio
This book is a highly significant argument, on multiple fronts, for an innovator-centered theory of innovation. It offers a reconceptualization of the task of the humanities in the twenty-first century, away from negativity, critical distance, and the backward glance, and into positive, engaged, and future-oriented enabling. The scholarship throughout is remarkable.
Sean Cubitt, Professor of Screen and Media Studies, University of Waikato
Wide ranging and provocative, Digital Media Revisited offers a much needed corrective to current thinking on the subject. The essays cover important and diverse territory, from aesthetics to ethics, and are sure to inaugurate a fruitful new wave of criticism.
Larry Friedlander, Stanford University
Digital Media Revisited is a healthy upheaval in expectations about why development takes the shape it does.
In bringing together an outstanding group of international and interdisciplinary authors, the editors of Digital Media Revisited outdo themselves. Each author and chapter probe crucial issues surrounding new media and, in doing so, offer fresh insights from multiple angles. A provocative and necessary read for anyone interested in our shared, digital future!
Gail E. Hawisher, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign