Comparative textual media : transforming the humanities in by N. Katherine Hayles

By N. Katherine Hayles

For the earlier few hundred years, Western cultures have depended on print. while writing used to be comprehensive through a quill pen, inkpot, and paper, it was once effortless to visualize that writing used to be not anything greater than a way wherein writers may possibly move their recommendations to readers. The proliferation of technical media within the latter 1/2 the 20 th century has published that the connection among author and reader isn't so basic. From telegraphs and typewriters to cord recorders and a sweeping array of electronic computing units, the complexities of communications expertise have made mediality a important hindrance of the twenty-first century.

Despite the eye given to the advance of the media panorama, really little is being performed in our instructional associations to regulate. In Comparative Textual Media, editors N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman collect a powerful variety of essays from top students to deal with the problem, between them Matthew Kirschenbaum on archiving within the electronic period, Patricia Crain at the connection among a child’s formation of self and the ownership of a ebook, and Mark Marino exploring the best way to learn a electronic textual content now not for content material yet for lines of its underlying code.

Primarily arguing for seeing print as a medium besides the scroll, digital literature, and computing device video games, this quantity examines the aptitude changes if educational departments embraced a media framework. eventually, Comparative Textual Media bargains new insights that permit us to appreciate extra deeply the results of the alternatives we, and our associations, are making.

Contributors: Stephanie Boluk, Vassar collage; Jessica Brantley, Yale U; Patricia Crain, NYU; Adriana de Souza e Silva, North Carolina nation U; Johanna Drucker, UCLA; Thomas Fulton, Rutgers U; Lisa Gitelman, ny U; William A. Johnson, Duke U; Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, U of Maryland; Patrick LeMieux; Mark C. Marino, U of Southern California; Rita Raley, U of California, Santa Barbara; John David Zuern, U of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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Html. Walkowitz, Rebecca. 2009. ” New Literary History 40, no. 3: 567–82. ); it is very imprecise as to what constitutes “new media”; and most troublesome, it implies through back-formation that there exist “old media,” evoking cultural prejudices that equate “old” with “uninteresting,” “obsolete,” “already known and therefore incapable of innovation,” and so on. Carolyn Marvin (1990), Lisa Gitelman (2008), and others have fought against this tendency, reminding us that all media were once new.

21 With this project, Obx Labs has been able to realize its investment in “massively multi-contributor texts,” where “massive” refers both to the display screens and, in certain settings, to the size of the audience. ) A custom Java library manipulates the visual appearance of the text: the contributions of individual senders are color-coded; new messages appear in larger font in the foreground; and previous texts scroll right-to-left and upward in the background. The transition between the two states is visually accomplished by a “pixel eater” in the lower right corner; new messages are pulled into it, pixelated, and then reformulated letter by letter for the conversational history in the background.

For scholarly investigations within the framework of comparative textual media, TXTual practice can present certain challenges precisely because there is no durable object to recover and preserve for future study. Certainly the individual events can be documented with photography, video, and narrative description; the hardware and software preserved and/or emulated; and the 10 RITA RALEY eyewitness accounts and explanatory statements by artists critically explored. Site analyses might be performed to record the dimensions and placement of screens or projection surfaces, lines of sight, and variables in the viewing conditions, particularly those concerning the quality of light and sound.

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