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The Rise of the Image the Fall of the Word by Mitchell Stephens
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Stephens argues that the value of the printed word is on the decline, and the value of the moving image is on the rise, using television as his main artifact. But that doesn't mean cultural engagement is on the outs, and he states that we are witnessing a new video, bound by new logics of fast cuts and montages, which can grow to replace anything lost in print in the meantime. It's a well-detailed account--especially in the history of film section--but technological advances have changed the playing field enough that his argument isn't as relevant. While Stephens recognizes the computer transformation that was well underway at that point, he didn't quite predict that discussions of the image were pretty much going to be subsumed in favor for discussion of the digital. Essentially, if the revolutionary media change he hopes for is going to happen, it'll have to be in that format, rather than the new video he imagines. It's still a good resource for its discussion of media trends in general, and image/word arguments in particular.
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