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Media Scholar Will Discuss "Digital Technology and the Remediation of Cinema"

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (March 7, 2005) — Through a process of "remediation," producers of digital media reuse and redefine representational practices from earlier media forms, according to Jay Bolter, of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Bolter, one of the most influential scholars, authors, practitioners, scientists, and teachers regarding new media, will discuss "Digital Technology and the Remediation of Cinema" on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00pm, in Taylor Hall room 203 at Vassar College.

As media theorists insist that digital technology makes possible new, and even revolutionary media forms, Bolter believes one of the main tasks of his field is to explore what is really new about new media. Look at digital media such as computer games, Web sites, and DVD multimedia, Bolton says, and how they depend on the established media of film, television, photography, and print. For example, while the digital media claim that their "interactivity" surpasses the experience of the earlier media, Bolter suggests that they are also appropriating the spectacle of film and television.

Jay Bolter holds the Wesley Chair in New Media, co-directs the Wesley Center for New Media Research and Education, and directs the writing program in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta. A philosopher-scientist from the tradition of da Vinci, Bolter's influential first book Turing's Man: Western Culture in the Computer Age, is credited with helping to establish the electronic arts and sciences in the humanities. His coinage for the latter part of the 20th century, "the late age of print," is already widely cited in publications around the world (a web search finds over seven hundred instances of its use).

Bolter's second book, Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing, established the agenda, set the tone, laid out the concepts, and even provided the language for following studies by George Landow, Richard Lanham, and many others. His book, with Richard Grusin, Remediation: Understanding New Media, has become something of a handbook for new media professionals, scholars, and critics. Most recently, his 2003 book Windows and Mirrors, with Diane Gromala, explores the significance of digital art for the larger digital design community.

This lecture is cosponsored by Dean of the Faculty, the programs in media studies, American culture, and science, technology, and society, and the departments of English and sociology. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, March 7, 2005