Tag: media ecology

The Latest Word


Can a corporate-dominated Web become an environment conducive to literary activity? The novelist, essayist, and cultural critic Curtis White is skeptical. Responding to criticisms of his account of the devolution of literary publishing and reflecting on the prevalence of market-driven values in online exchanges, White doubts whether literature can distinguish itself in the noisy new media ecology, which he likens to a high-tech prison house.

All in the Game: The Wire, Serial Storytelling, and Procedural Logic


Jason Mittell calls David Simon’s bluff: to what degree is The Wire really like a “televised novel”? To what degree is it more like a video game? Why not classify it as what it really is - a genre-spawning “masterpiece” in the medium of television.

Optical Media Archaeologies


Anthony Enns juxtaposes two models of German media theory in reviewing new works by Oliver Grau and Friedrich Kittler.

New Media Studies


Scott Rettberg introduces ‘New Media Studies’: a cluster of reviews, and a term (similar in its emergence to the term ‘Postmodernism’).