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The New Media Reader [Hardcover]

Noah Wardrip-fruin
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Book Description

18 Mar 2003
This reader collects the texts, videos, and computer programs--many of them now almost impossible to find--that chronicle the history and form the foundation of the still-emerging field of new media. General introductions by Janet Murray and Lev Manovich, along with short introductions to each of the texts, place the works in their historical context and explain their significance. The texts were originally published between World War II--when digital computing, cybernetic feedback, and early notions of hypertext and the Internet first appeared--and the emergence of the World Wide Web--when they entered the mainstream of public life.The texts are by computer scientists, artists, architects, literary writers, interface designers, cultural critics, and individuals working across disciplines. The contributors include (chronologically) Jorge Luis Borges, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Ivan Sutherland, William S. Burroughs, Ted Nelson, Italo Calvino, Marshall McLuhan, Billy Kl?Jean Baudrillard, Nicholas Negroponte, Alan Kay, Bill Viola, Sherry Turkle, Richard Stallman, Brenda Laurel, Langdon Winner, Robert Coover, and Tim Berners-Lee. The CD accompanying the book contains examples of early games, digital art, independent literary efforts, software created at universities, and home-computer commercial software. Also on the CD is digitized video, documenting new media programs and artwork for which no operational version exists. One example is a video record of Douglas Engelbart's first presentation of the mouse, word processor, hyperlink, computer-supported cooperative work, video conferencing, and the dividing up of the screen we now call non-overlapping windows; another is documentation of Lynn Hershman's Lorna, the first interactive video art installation.

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  • Hardcover: 824 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; Har/Cdr edition (18 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262232278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262232272
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 21 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A stunner..." Brian Kim Stefans New York Fine Arts Quarterly "The New Media Reader...is my if-you-can-only-take-one pick for a computer history vacation suitcase-stuffer." Michael Swaine Dr. Dobb's Journal

About the Author

Noah Wardrip-Fruin is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the coeditor of four collections published by the MIT Press: with Nick Montfort, The New Media Reader (2003); with Pat Harrigan, First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game (2004), Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media (2007), and Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives (2009). Nick Montfort is Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT and the coauthor of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (MIT Press, 2009).

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4.0 out of 5 stars nice new ways of thinking. 9 July 2012
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This is a very good reference.
filled with only good articles on important subjects by important authors over the last many years.

A good book, which should be in any academic or professional book collection within new media, audio, visuals, etc.

I used it a lot through the end of my master degree, especially because it explains well how everything from communication and audio visual content work together and reach the audience.
It's a bit too academic at some times, but still, a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rosetta Stone of Hypertext 15 Jun 2004
By M. Crumpton - Published on Amazon.com
This huge tome is a must have for anyone who wants to deeply understand hypertext and its precursors. From William Burroughs to Doug Englebart and Augosto Boal to Ted Nelson this book presents a huge range of articles (and discursive commentary) of interest to computer scientists, writers, new media workers, artists and everyone in between. This is one stop shopping for new media literacy with over 800 pages of good stuff, much of it very hard to find outside of this volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! 17 Mar 2003
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Fascinating, thorough in its analysis, beautifully designed reader/player. Good, well-rounded selection of texts and new media objects with no attempt to be exhaustive (to the editors' credit). I plan to use it as one of the texts in an upcoming university course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This product! 6 Feb 2013
By Donna Cruz - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this product! It has everything I needed without any problems. It came at the time I was expecting it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A really thick book that doesn't have much substance 15 Sep 2013
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
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Unless you are going to read everything in this book, it is not really worth for the price. It is very thick and some of the stories are just strange
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dry Read 5 Feb 2008
By Jacquelyn Piette - Published on Amazon.com
The concepts of the book are very interesting, and some of the articles are engaging, but overall I found this book to be an tedious and dry read.
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