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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 sign ...more
Hardcover, 839 pages
Published February 14th 2003 by MIT Press (MA)
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I read most of these readings as part of a multimedia class. Some were more readable than others... I really enjoyed Borge's Garden of Forking Paths and Bush's Memex, Computer Lib/Dream Machines, the Burroughs, and much more. McLuhan was hard to grasp or maybe just hard to agree with. The introductions to each reading do a great job of putting it into context. The reader in general has a broad range of selections that relate to new media in many different ways - a lot of the book is about theory ...more
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this is full of essays and other works influential in the history and development of new media theory. awesome, interesting stuff, including the GNU manifesto, works by Borges, Engelbart, McLuhan, Baudrillard and Berners-Lee, to name a few. it comes with a CD that has lots of other important and interesting works like Doug Engelbart's demonstration of the mouse, early Atari and Apple II games, Hunt the Wumpus :-) and all kinds of early interactive essays, poems and stories.

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Some very interesting essays and some not so much. A few essays were too esoteric and just plain boring, some were quite intriguing. I particularly liked reading the ideas of future computing from the mid-50's to early-60's. Surprisingly, they weren't too far off on a lot of things like relational databases, desktops, and personal computing.
Tim Wright
can be heavy going - it's more of a reference book really I think - but does give you a good sense of history - a history that a lot of people who work in new media either don't know about or ignore.
Feb 19, 2010 Cyane added it
This is an interesting all background/influence book for a history of new media.
Many of the chapters are dense and difficult to understand.
Michael Castaneda
Contains really cool stuff I never new existed.
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