Posted: October 1, 2010 in Uncategorized
Just as the printing press in the fourteenth century and photography in the nineteenth century had a revolutionary impact on the development of modern society and culture, today we are in the middle of a new media revolution — the shift of all culture to computer-mediated forms of production, distribution and communication. This new revolution is arguably more profound than the previous ones, and we are just beginning to register its initial effects. Indeed, the introduction of the printing press affected only one stage of cultural communication — the distribution of media. Similarly, the introduction of photography affected only one type of cultural communication — still images. In contrast, the computer media revolution affects all stages of communication, including acquisition, manipulation, storage, and distribution; it also affects all types of media — texts, still images, moving images, sound, and spatial constructions…How shall we begin to map out the effects of this fundamental shift?
Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media (2001)

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