Re: [-empyre-] One more try

On Friday, January 9, 2004, at 06:34 PM, Nick Montfort wrote:

Sorry that my thinking seems blinkered and stupefying. I'll try once more
before the onslaught of the semester begins to restate this to everyone
and their single or double arrows:

Part of the problem may be that some of us do not have to deal with "the onslaught of the semester". Some may be sweating out a pending IPO or mid-career retrospective or just the daily grind of trying to support themselves and their new media hobby. Having taught new media to arts administration students at NYU for three years I have some perspective on the difficulties of cross-discipline studies, not to mention cross-departmental politics. Of course I was just a hired hand with no academic career plans but I thought there was a place for the kind of discipline you describe. Odd as it sounds I situated it within the library system because that is where there was a sort of institutional confluence of various Information Systems. Plus, I found, Librarians are pretty cool people who tend to get left out of new media discussions even though they have been at the forefront of information technology for years.

Now that I no longer have an academic affiliation but need resources to do my new media work (such as it is, it's sort of along the lines of what Brett wrote about earlier) I am in desperate need of a New Media Library. Your New Media Reader is an excellent start but it's about teaching students not about "access to resources" to quote Stewart Brand. It also stops at 1994 and describes the new media environment at a time when it was exploding because of the WWW and completely changed. There has been a great deal of work done since.

Seems to me MIT Press (or someone else) missed a golden opportunity to establish a profitable resource center for those working with new media. I'd pay for that access while I probably won't buy your book.

BTW: where are the new media curators (and their counterparts) in this discussion?

Robbin Murphy


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