Re: [-empyre-] Opening remarks on new media history
At 2:38 PM +1100 2/1/04, Anna Munster wrote:
>(2) new media has a
history, (3) this history's record is print and digital,
Absolutely and yet we might also add that histories are also disciplines
caught up with *disciplinary* questions that creating new media as a field
also poses....I'm interested in why a certain history at a particular
moment becomes THE history of an emerging field. For example, why *print
and digital* ? and not electronic or visual perspectivalism or cinema? So,
I'm interested to hear from Nick and Noah how they are thinking about the
field of new media through the history they have conjured for it.
I know that Nick has already addressed this, and certainly I agree
that there is more to this history's record than print and digital
artifacts. This was an infelicitous transposition on my part from our
specific thinking about the NMR project (the desire to have a book
and a disk) to a more general discussion of new media.
If I were to attempt a better transposition, it might be from our
thinking about the NMR to some thinking about new media in courses.
It's interesting to me that some critical courses on new media focus
on print readings almost to the exclusion of direct work with new
media. I think we'd find this very strange in other areas - e.g., a
film course that didn't expect the students to watch film. Certainly
students could write passable essays on Vertigo or Intolerance
without ever having seen a film of either era (given the wealth of
secondary sources) but is this something we'd want to encourage? We
included a CD with the NMR, and part of our motivation was to make it
easier for new media courses to include direct work with (some
version of) historically important new media artifacts. And, as Nick
points out, the CD also includes video, which has certainly also been
an important part of the record of new media's history, and which we
also hope will find its way into new media courses.
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