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Rethinking Media Change : The Aesthetics of Transition - David Thorburn

Rethinking Media Change

The Aesthetics of Transition

By: David Thorburn (Editor), Henry Jenkins (Editor), Edward Barrett (Editor)

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The essays in "Rethinking Media Change" center on a variety of media forms at moments of disruption and cultural transformation. The editors' introduction sketches an aesthetics of media transition--patterns of development and social dispersion that operate across eras, media forms, and cultures. The book includes case studies of such earlier media as the book, the phonograph, early cinema, and television. It also examines contemporary digital forms, exploring their promise and strangeness. A final section probes aspects of visual culture in such environments as the evolving museum, movie spectaculars, and "the virtual window." The contributors reject apocalyptic scenarios of media revolution, demonstrating instead that media transition is always a mix of tradition and innovation, an accretive process in which emerging and established systems interact, shift, and collude with one another.

Series Forewordp. ix
Introduction: Toward an Aesthetics of Transitionp. 1
Media Changes
Web Paradoxp. 19
Historicizing Media in Transitionp. 23
Re-Newing Old Technologies: Astonishment, Second Nature, and the Uncanny in Technology from the Previous Turn-of -the-Centuryp. 39
How Users Define New Media: A History of the Amusement Phonographp. 61
Books Are Dead, Long Live Booksp. 81
Help or Hindrance? The History of the Book and Electronic Mediap. 95
Historical Perspectives on the Book and Information Technologyp. 117
Potholes on the Information Superhighways: Congress as a Publisher in Nineteenth-Century Americap. 137
Prophetic Peasants and Bourgeois Pamphleteers: The Camisards Represented in Print, 1685-1710p. 163
Redefining the Home Screen: Technological Convergence as Trauma and Business Planp. 191
Emerging Forms and Practices
Homer to Home Page: Designing Digital Booksp. 203
Reflections on Interactivityp. 217
Forms of Futurep. 227
Stitch Bitch: The Patchwork Girlp. 239
"Let's Be Going": A Parent Reads GeekCerealp. 253
Private Uses of Cyberspace: Women, Desire, and Fan Culturep. 261
Quentin Tarantino's Star Wars? Digital Cinema, Media Convergence, and Participatory Culturep. 281
Visual Culture
Immersion in the Virtual Ornament: Contemporary "Movie Ride" Filmsp. 315
The Virtual Windowp. 337
Architectures of the Senses: Neo-Baroque Entertainment Spectaclesp. 355
Media Technology and Museum Display: A Century of Accomodation and Conflictp. 375
Contributorsp. 319
Indexp. 395
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ISBN: 9780262701075
ISBN-10: 0262701073
Series: Media in Transition
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.68