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Re: <nettime> a new definition
Andrew Bucksbarg on Fri, 11 Nov 2005 09:50:37 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> a new definition


Regarding the term "new media"-

The practice of codifying a term such as this is very interesting and  
it is ironic that it is occurring within the technology itself,  
technology(s) that continues to be defined, such as "blogging", this  
list, etc.

Is there a shiny prize here?

Let us suppose we can take some steps back and ask exactly what this  
process of cementing a term means.  Is this a territorialization by  
persons or institutions?  What is the intent of this debate or  
claim?  What is the gain?

There is potential in the indeterminate.  I relish the  
transdisciplinary confusion computer technology has produced- a  
pleasing, meandering "fluxus".

The adjective "new" is an interesting sell here.  The spirits of  
corporate products reinventing themselves pops-up unwanted on the  
screen.  There is an energetic burst around the polarity of new and  
old- "new world", "new world order..." a place for prospecting,  
conquering, refuge, freedom, escape...

Is there anything really new about media or our social reaction to  
changing and defining forms?

I am enjoying the space of "redefinition" in which the term new media  
abides...

Ndrew
andrew {AT} adhocarts.org
abucksba {AT} indiana.edu


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