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September 14, 2012
Media Studies at Georgia Tech
Some changes in my role and new initiatives
As my college just announced yesterday, I'll be taking on a slightly different role at Georgia Tech. You can read the full release, but the relevant bits are as follows: I have been named Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies I am also now jointly appointed in the ...
Historical Approaches to Digital Media
Graduate Seminar, Georgia Tech, Spring 2012
This seminar will focus on the historical and philosophical aspects of media and technology. In addition to the traditional historical approach to several media forms, we will focus specifically on a number of methods of the material history and analysis of media forms, the evolution of those media forms, and ...
December 26, 2011
Object-Oriented Answers
Responses to Parikka
Jussi Parikka, author of Insect Media among numerous other books, recently posed a series of questions about object-oriented ontology. Levi Bryant has already responded, as has Paul Caplan, and I like both of their responses. I thought I'd offer my own here, so here goes. (The block quotes are Jussi's ...
October 22, 2011
What's in a Medium?
A response to Mike Thomsen
The New Inquiry published a review by Michael Thomsen of my latest book How to Do Things With Videogames. It's just the kind of review an author hopes for: fair, thoughtful, based on a thorough reading, and full of new ideas and observations. I'm grateful to Thomsen for writing it. ...
October 2, 2011
Misusing Media
A thought experiment
Lately I find myself talking a lot about contemporary "misuses" of computer media. That is, about trends that make partial use of the properties of such media, or that (in my view) mistake some less interesting, less promising, or less relevant set of properties as primary. For example: treating the ...
August 24, 2010
The Magic Carpet
Notes on Glamour
When I was an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, the Academy Awards were still being held at the Shrine Auditorium, which is located just north of Jefferson, directly across the street from campus. It's quite a structure, built in the Moorish Revival style and opened in 1926. At ...
August 5, 2010
Non-Human Media
Interview with Eric McLuhan
Harman points to Figure-Ground Communication's interview with Eric McLuhan. It includes a question from Harman about Laws of Media, namely "why did they they the tetrad to human artifacts?" Of course, this is also the question Levi and I will pose in our planned book on McLuhan. McLuhan doesn't really ...
July 28, 2010
Weird Media and Tiny Ontology
Two Teasers
I'm behind in keeping up with my corner of the philosophy blogosphere. In part I've been distracted by cow clickery, but more so I've been spending as much time as possible writing Alien Phenomenology, which I fully intend to complete before the end of August. I'm thus offering two teasers ...
July 1, 2010
Slow Media
A manifesto and blog
Given that I'm currently completing a project called A Slow Year, and given that it is, somewhat poetically, taking longer than I anticipated to finish, and given that I'm resolved to do it right rather than to do it fast, given all those things I was intrigued to learn of ...
October 22, 2009
Things I Did Instead of Blogging
The miscellany of autumn
I've been a bit of a mess this week, as I'm finishing up the Newsgames book with my two graduate students and preparing my keynote for SLSA the week after next. Fortunately, interesting things have gone on without me. As I previously mentioned, on Monday, we hosted a colloquium on ...
August 24, 2009
The Tetrad and the Pentad
Zingone's take on a fifth law of media
I've been teaching Marshall McLuhan last week and today in my Introduction to Computational Media class. This year, for the first time in that class, I decided to assign excerpts from Laws of Media in addition to Gutenberg Galaxy and Understanding Media. In particular I wanted to expose my students ...