What is new media?
By Liat Shalom
“The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.” – Jackson Pollock, 1963
In my research I have found that there are several schools of different thought on the nascent language of New Media, all with valid arguments supporting them. one school of thought on the subject is that new media is the creation of art or an experience using modern tools, like computers and media, something that we can see happening a lot in today’s contemporary art. (New Media Art, 2009)
The second school of thought is that we as a society are limiting these contemporary genera by calling media based language. Belonging to people such as Professor Lev Manovich of Language of New Media. He brings up the question “Does the use of computers to record, store, create and distribute Media makes it “new”? (Manovich, 2001, p. 43).
I feel in his book he explores the Notion that The Modernization of technology affects everything that is modern and current including art. But is all new art, considered new media art? I think not I have come to conclude that New Media is a stream currently inventing it self, and always evolving , That pushes us to think and create and ways we would never dreamed of before, its working off the canvas to create your visitation , or experience. I find a lot of people use computer mediated forms of production today because it’s available, new and ever growing today’s popular culture.
As technology pressed to evolve so does our definition of new media as well as our capabilities of what mediums we can work in.
I also same across definitions of new media By different sources from the political science world such as Ithiel de Sola Pool, a political scientist and pioneer of new media research defined new media as “ New communications technologies “.
(page 6,Hand book of new media)
Dr. Ron Rice the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication in the Department of Communication, and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television, and New Media, at University of California, also had similar findings he defined new media as “ those communication technologies that allow or facilitate interactivity among users and information”
(page 6,Hand book of new media)
As I look at all this different ideas presented to me about what new media is , I find Its an ambiguous allusive term ,Its hard to defined something that’s constantly changing.
But if I look at the term new media I find it is any form of electronic medium that expresses Ideas thoughts or emotions to a large or small audience to simulate an experience. The use of new materials and technologies is what makes it “new.”
In the book Media Literacy’s elementary Jeff Share opens with a quote That I want to end with by Kellner (Kellner was an early theorist of the field of critical media literacy)
From 1991 saying:
“A media culture has immerged in which images ,sounds, and spectacles help produce the fabric of every day life, dominating leisure time, shaping political views, and sensual behaviors , and provide the materials out of which people forge there very Identity’s.”
Gobert. S. (2009, September 9th): What is experienced design?.
Introduction to computing and experienced design. Lecture at Ryerson University.
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New media art. (2009, September 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 10, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=New_media_art&oldid=313038838
New Media Douche bags Explained (October 17, 2007). Youtube.com. [Video file]. Retrieved from youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSP8xm_gaK4
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Webster.F, (2002),Chapter one, Hand book of New media (2002):Sage publication (CA)
Share J. Media Literacy’s elementary, chapter one (2009) Peter Lang publishing (NY)