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Gramophone, Film, Typewriter by Friedrich Kittler (book review)

Friedrich Kittler’s spiky and complex masterpiece of multimodal media archaeology (published by Stanford University Press in 1986) was our first book for the Cambridge books-about-books group. Not an obvious choice: it’s not about books, but there again, books aren’t necessarily codexes any more. … Continue reading

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10 interesting things about Pinterest

1. Pinterest is an image-based content-aggregating crowd-curated website/social media platform. 2. It was founded in March 2010; in January 2012 it had ‘more traffic referrals than LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+ combined’ (Fox News). Please note this is not the same as the number of hits: it is a … Continue reading

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Gaming, scrolling, icons, bloat, Wagner and the alphabet: directions in comparative media

Gaming is probably the media industry currently most fully adapted to the digital world. Music and books are the most discussed examples of media change; by comparison the development of board games into the massive gaming industry now seems (retrospectively) the … Continue reading

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Have a merry multimodal Christmas

Christmas is a feast for all the senses, a search for a feeling of bodily quickening and life at this dead time of the year. In this part of the world we have the ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’ … Continue reading

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Page against the machine 2 – a sledgehammer without a nut

In my previous post, I suggested that some multifactorial analysis of previous technological innovations would suggest what is going to happen when publishing companies bang up against the digital content agenda driven by the powerful US techno-behemoths. ‘Multifactorial’ here simply … Continue reading

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Page against the machine 1 – Derrida and the great CD-ROM disaster

While the form of the ‘book’ is now going through a period of general upheaval, and while that form now appears less natural, and its history less transparent than ever, and while one cannot tamper with it without disturbing everything … Continue reading

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