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  • 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)
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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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This thoughtful, sophisticated book is one of the first attempts to offer a systematic theoretical account of new media. Manovich addresses this challenging task in two ways. First, he uses history and culture to develop his case through analogy, comparison, and contrast. By anchoring new media form and practice in earlier media, Manovich demonstrates the twin forces of continuity and change that make technological development both fascinating and difficult to understand. Second, he uses the clear description of technology and technical effects to elaborate an understanding of what new media are and how they work. The technological parameters and effects of new media give rise to their philosophical, social, and artistic potential. New media programs have been waiting for this book. Many programs support enthusiastic studio work with critical studies and philosophy adapted from other fields. Teachers and students can now examine their work with the help of a focused and articulate expert.

Ken Friedman
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Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, and Denmark's Design School, Copenhagen
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A well argued investigation as to what is and is not new media... One of the Manovich's greatest strengths is his knowledge of early cinema practices which have made a comeback with digital technologies. Progressing from there, he examines some potential uses of new technology for the creation of new forms of artistic practice. The book provides useful weblinks for many of the artworks/artists discussed which contextualise the theoretical web Manovich articulately spins.
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.
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The bible of New Media that anyone can read. And should.
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This is a book that is very simple to read.
It's accurate and goes to the point.
It tells you what new media is and isn't.
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Bought for a class. Dry, effective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful concepts 7 Mar. 2013
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This book offers many useful concepts to serve as substract to analyse the new media, specially through comparing them to cinematographic and computer history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars provocative and smart 21 Jan. 2008
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Manovich's treatment of computer-media expressive forms is intelligent and entirely worthy of serious engagement. At crucial points, however, he makes leaps and grand assertions without proper demonstration.

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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