- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: MIT Press; New Ed edition (22 Jan. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262632551
- ISBN-13: 978-0262632553
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Language of New Media (Leonardo Book Series) Paperback – 22 Jan 2002
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About the Author
Lev Manovich is Professor of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego. His book The Language of New Media (MIT Press, 2001) has been hailed as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan."
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Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, and Denmark's Design School, Copenhagen
This book provides an excellent introduction to the field of new media, explaining the historical roots of the genre before going on to suggest some of the potentialites of the future.
It's accurate and goes to the point.
It tells you what new media is and isn't.
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For example, he speaks of the database as an expressive form, and as the key computer-mediated form of our time. So, why not explain how in the world a database is expressive, or how it makes meaning? He says it is naturally opposed to narrative--they are "natural enemies"--but how precisely does database accomplish anything for anyone without narrative (or interpretation, which is closely related)? What is a database without narrative? I just don't see how he has shown what he asserts. At the same time, i think much of the virtue of this book is through its suggestions rather than its water-tight argumentation. That can make it a fertile reading experience, but frustrating all the same. Books like this one get people talking, even if they are wrong on a lot of points. We need people to be speculative and a bit "loose" like much of this book is, but one must be prepared to read it critically and with some caution.
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