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Dikult 103: Digital Genres, Lecture 1

Introduction to the course and Manovich, "The Language of New Media."
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Leonardo Flores

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of Dikult 103: Digital Genres, Lecture 1

Dikult 103: Digital Genres Unit 1: Electronic Literature
Unit 2: Videogames
Unit 3: Digital Art Materials & Theory: Course Logistics:
Blog: http://dikult103.tumblr.com/
Instructors:
Units 1 & 2: Leonardo Flores
Unit 3: Elizabeth Nesheim
Office: HF-363A
Availability: Friday 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00-15:00, or by appointment
E-Mail: leonardo.flores@upr.edu
What is New Media? Characteristics:
"The meta-medium of the digital computer" (33)
shaped by other areas of culture:
"arts and media traditions"
"the material properties of the computer"
"contemporary visual culture"
"contemporary information culture" (39)
new media "object"
born-digital object
first generation electronic object
Interfaces
hierarchical
graphical
textual (command line)
search-engine
semantic
Principles of New Media:
Numerical representation
can be described formally (mathematically)
can be manipulated
discrete rather than continuous data
Modularity
assembled from parts (Web)
Automation
low level - templates or algorithms
high level - AI in computer games
Variability
exists "in different, potentially infinite versions"
customizable experience
navigating hypertexts or games
scalability
constants become variables
Transcoding
cultural layer
computer layer
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