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A sourcebook of historical written texts, video documentation, and working programs that form the foundation of new media.

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, 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 840 pages
  • 203 x 229 x 35mm | 1,542g
  • MIT Press
  • Cambridge, Mass., United States
  • English
  • New
  • 551 illus; 551 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0262232278
  • 9780262232272
  • 475,226

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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
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About Noah Wardrip-Fruin

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). Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction and Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities; the coauthor of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10; and the coeditor of The New Media Reader (all published by the MIT Press).
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