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Key Terms for New Media Studies


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Presentation for NITLE's Advanced Students' Technology Program, summer 2005

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Key Terms for New Media Studies

  1. 2. No English Spoken Here ASTP & The Language of New Media Jason Mittell, Middlebury College
  2. 3. What are media? Media = mediums
  3. 4. Levels of Medium Analysis (Joshua Meyrowitz) <ul><li>Media Content </li></ul><ul><li>Media Grammar (or form) </li></ul><ul><li>Media Environment </li></ul>
  4. 5. Shapers of Medium <ul><li>Technical Constraints & Possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Circulation </li></ul>
  5. 6. Comparative Media Studies <ul><li>Highlights differences between media </li></ul><ul><li>Builds common bridges across media & critical traditions </li></ul><ul><li>Only way for fish to recognize water </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: The Matrix Reloaded (film/DVD) Enter the Matrix (videogame/PS2) </li></ul>
  6. 7. The Matrix Reloaded - film
  7. 8. Enter the Matrix - game
  8. 9. Medium Analysis Cultural Circulation Institutional Practices Technical Constraints Environment Grammar Content
  9. 10. Cross-media within one example Mario Brothers flash movie serial by Phantasmagoria Crow
  10. 11. Quick Assignment <ul><li>Find a website </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze it using these concepts (content/grammar/medium & technical/institutional/cultural) </li></ul><ul><li>Blog it </li></ul>
  11. 12. Key Terms in New Media (Lev Manovich) <ul><li>Digital vs. numerical? </li></ul><ul><li>Programmable </li></ul><ul><li>Modularity </li></ul><ul><li>Automation </li></ul><ul><li>Variability </li></ul><ul><li>Transcoding </li></ul>
  12. 13. More Key Terms from Manovich <ul><li>Interactivity vs. Selection? </li></ul><ul><li>Interface </li></ul><ul><li>Database </li></ul><ul><li>Illusionism and Photo-Realism </li></ul>