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The Language of New Media
By Lev Manovich
9/10 from 1 review
Categories: Computers & Internet
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Magnum Opus from key digital theorist
Lev Manovich has been one of the most interesting and readable theorists of the last 5-6 years, and this is his attempt at developing a critical vocabulary specifically for digital media.

Interestingly, he uses Russian avant-garde film, in particular Vertov's "Man with a movie camera" as a lens through which to read digital media, and the interplay between cinema and digitisation is a recurring theme throughout. This could have made the book read like a bad MA thesis, but Manovich threads the theme lightly through a sophisticated structural argument, helped by some superb metaphorical images, such as Zuse's punch-card computer that used old 35mm footage as tape.
Rating: 9/10
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Posted by Matt Locke on Thu, 19th July 2001, 5:10pm
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