By Peter Lunenfeld
Computers associated with networks have created the 1st commonly used platforms that permit participants to create, distribute, and obtain audiovisual content material with an identical field. They problem theorists of electronic tradition to enhance interaction-based versions to exchange the extra primitive types that let merely passive use.
The electronic Dialectic is an interdisciplinary jam consultation approximately our visible and highbrow cultures because the desktop recodes applied sciences, media, and paintings kinds. not like merely educational texts on new media, the e-book contains contributions by means of students, artists, and marketers, who mix theoretical investigations with hands-on research of the probabilities (and barriers) of latest expertise. the major thought is the electronic dialectic: a style to floor the insights of concept within the constraints of perform. The essays flow past journalistic reportage and hype into severe yet available dialogue of latest applied sciences, new media, and new cultural forms.
Contributors: Florian Brody, Carol Gigliotti, N. Katherine Hayles, Michael Heim, Erkki Huhtamo, George P. Landow, Brenda Laurel, Peter Lunenfeld, Lev Manovich, William J. Mitchell, Bob Stein.
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But either the mar- creation - ket and the applied sciences themselves are certain through a chain of constraints that theoretical texts can elide with fuzzy forecasting and the bromides concerning the destiny. The electronic dialectic deals how to speak about desktop media that's open to the subtle methodologies of thought with no ignoring the nuts and bolts or, larger but, the bits and bytes in their construction. to copy, the electronic dialectic is going past analyzing what's taking place to our visible and highbrow cultures because the laptop recodes applied sciences, media, and artwork types; it grounds the insights of conception within the constraints of perform. a number of ultimate phrases in this: irrespective of how a lot electronic platforms resemble movie or tv, they're essentially assorted. the pc, while associated with a community, is exclusive within the historical past of technological media: it's the first broadly disseminated procedure that gives the consumer the chance to create, distribute, obtain, and eat audiovisual content material with a similar field. therefore, theorists need to attempt to create new versions of observation that give some thought to greater than intake or spectatorship. those types needs to take into consideration things like the trade-off among velocity and immersion, capability within the lab as opposed to viability available in the market, the social dynamic of the person staff, the demo or die aesthetic, the Byzantine mechanisms of distribution, and, after all, the inevitability of computer failure. All this and extra start to get on the constraints of perform specific to those new media. The essays during this assortment, then, provide conceptual instruments according to an intimate figuring out of the way those media are created and paintings. This grounding prevents the slide into what i've got known as a "science fictionalized" discourse. five Too many modern observers churn out theo ries that provide fantasies of absolutely available, totally immersive digital realities the place gender and id are untethered from the physique; that literalize the metaphor of cyborg existence; that obsess at the ever-titillating suggestion of teledil donics. the fashion is to debate the consequences of applied sciences (especially the place anything may perhaps pass) instead of to research the applied sciences them selves (where they are). this isn't to assert that the participants to The electronic Dialectic are thoroughly resistant to the delights of beginner futurism. Few decide to contain themselves as totally as they've got with those technological platforms with no a few wish for the longer term, and the electronic dialectic as prac ticed here's a redemptive pastime, no longer easily an workout in critique. mainly, the authors look for these features of electronic tradition invaluable now not creation - only of study but additionally of nurturance. yet they're as conscious of the lim ita tions of those platforms as they're of the potentials, and in reality see those barriers as formative. this is often as acceptable a spot as any to accommodate the inevitable query: "Why submit a e-book facing the tradition of an period that has supposedly transcended the broadcast web page?