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Paperback | $29.00 Trade | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780262621373 | 320 pp. | 7 x 9 in | February 2000

The Digital Dialectic

New Essays on New Media
Edited by Peter Lunenfeld


The Digital Dialectic is an interdisciplinary jam session about our visual and intellectual cultures as the computer recodes technologies, media, and art forms. Unlike purely academic texts on new media, the book includes contributions by scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs, who combine theoretical investigations with hands-on analysis of the possibilities (and limitations) of new technology. The key concept is the digital dialectic: a method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice. The essays move beyond journalistic reportage and hype into serious but accessible discussion of new technologies, new media, and new cultural forms.

About the Editor

Peter Lunenfeld is Professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA.


"This book delivers in grand, thought-provoking style... an entertaining, unqualified success.", Geoff Rotunno, Library Journal