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Media critics remain captivated by the modernist myth of the new: they assume that digital technologies such as the World Wide Web, virtual reality, and computer graphics must divorce themselves from earlier media for a new set of aesthetic and cultural principles. In this richly illustrated study, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin offer a theory of mediation for our digital age that challenges this assumption. They argue that new visual media achieve their cultural significance precisely by paying homage to, rivaling, and refashioning such earlier media as perspective painting, photography, film, and television. They call this process of refashioning "remediation," and they note that earlier media have also refashioned one another: photography remediated painting, film remediated stage production and photography, and television remediated film, vaudeville, and radio.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262522793
ISBN-10: 0262522799
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 178mm x 12mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jay David Bolter

Richard Grusin is Professor and Chair of English at Wayne State University in Detroit.

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