Cybertext yearbook 2001
Eskelinen, Markku; Koskimaa, Raine
University of Jyväskylä. Department of Art and Culture Studies / The Research Centre for Contemporary Culture / Taiteiden ja kulttuurin tutkimuksen laitos / Nykykulttuurin tutkimuskeskus
Publications of the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture / Nykykulttuurin tutkimuskeskuksen julkaisuja (72)
The cutting edge even the print heads can't avoid...
There's no easy way to go around the conceptual mess regarding the so-called new media. The usual theoretical approaches to it are either tautological in non-heuristic ways or somewhat montypythonesque - defining digital or networked and programmable media as something completely different - be that favourite other theatre, cinema, comics, or misread and badly applied continental philosophy. Cybertext theory is more interested in what a medium does than how it should be called. This kind of approach could be called a functional theory of media, and it is exactly what the essays in this book all do.
Cybertextuality is understood here as a perspective allowing us to make elementary sense of the medium and start talking across traditions, practices, conventions and technologies. With a well balanced mix of scholarly articles this book hopes to create a broad forum for cybertext discussion, in which practitioners, developers, designers, users, critics, and scholars may practice.