Technological and Social Challenges of the Interactive World
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Megan A. Winget is assistant professor, School of Information, at the University of Texas at Austin.
William Aspray is professor of Information Technologies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the co-editor of many books, including The Internet and American Business (2008), Everyday Information (2011), and Privacy in America (Scarecrow, 2011).
Digital media has exploded over the past quarter century, and in particular the past decade. As varieties of digital media multiply, scholars are beginning to examine its origins, organization, and preservation, which present new challenges compared to traditional media. To examine issues from multiple perspectives, experts were invited to an invitation-only workshop on digital media. The participants were carefully chosen to represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, ranging from humanities and fine arts to communication theory. The papers collected here are the results of that workshop.
Digital Media: Technological and Social Challenges of the Interactive World is organized in four parts, each representing a different perspective on digital media: preservation, humanities, organizational, and historical. The section on preservation considers the problems of archiving digital media for long-term preservation; the humanities section offers a human-centered view of digital media, focusing on the interaction between technological changes and cultural practices; the section dealing with organization goes beyond the study of digital artifacts in isolation to consider the context, collection, and arrangement of objects; and the historical section examines how our perspectives on digital media have changed over time, looking at how issues such as the digital divide and digital production have changed as technology has changed.
The wealth of varied perspectives in Digital Media provides new light on this topic, beyond the media studies viewpoint that is the most common way of engaging these topics. This collection will be a valuable addition for students and faculty in information studies, communication studies, rhetoric, new media, and more.
; September 2011
250 pages; ISBN 9780810881976Read online
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Title: Digital Media
Author: Megan A. Winget; William Aspray
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This volume brings together nine chapters authored by nine practitioners, scholars, and students, focusing on the changes digital media are impacting in library and archival works. Organized into four parts, the work addresses preserving digital media, describing documents, the personal nature of digital media, and the interactions between technology and culture. These papers are edited versions of presentations made at an invitation-only workshop on digital media held at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. This content is good for students and practitioners working with archives, digital media, taxonomy, and human-computer interactions. The introductory chapter helps the reader to locate desired information, and provides a comprehensive overview of the book as a whole. This is a valuable addition to anyone considering how digital media is impacting today’s information-rich world and the preserving of such materials.