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"At last in Kirschenbaum's Mechanisms we have our tactical plan for thinking inside the black box of digital media, for moving past 'screen studies' to a new take on electronic media informed by deep understanding of technological practices of inscription and storage. Kirschenbaum introduces a fresh and enlightening dichotomy, that of the interplay of formal and forensic inscription. This dichotomy becomes the raw material for cutting the key to a new critical apparatus for unlocking studies of digital media."--Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections, Germanic Collections, and Film & Media Collections, Stanford University Libraries -- Henry Lowood "Kirschenbaum's book is the most rigorous, cohesive, historically-informed, materially grounded, and theoretically interesting treatment of the nature of text in the age of digital mutation that I have yet encountered. The book introduces completely new materials and unique archival and site-specific research within an innovative methodological framework blending the new textual scholarship with the equally new discipline of digital forensics. In essence, Kirschenbaum argues that digital texts may be strange things, but they are assuredly things soliciting the same level of material and theoretical inquiry that has driven the recent burst of interest in the history of the book and media archaeology. Mechanisms is destined to be a landmark work for the field of digital textual studies in the same way that Lev Manovitch's Language of New Media was for the digital arts and new media fields."--Alan Liu, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara -- Alan Liu


This is a new "textual studies" and archival approach to the investigation of works of new media and electronic literature that applies techniques of computer forensics to conduct media-specific readings of William Gibson's electronic poem "Agrippa," Michael Joyce's "Afternoon", and the interactive game Mystery House.In "Mechanisms", Matthew Kirschenbaum examines new media and electronic writing against the textual and technological primitives that govern writing, inscription, and textual transmission in all media: erasure, variability, repeatability, and survivability. "Mechanisms" is the first book in its field to devote significant attention to storage - the hard drive in particular - arguing that understanding the affordances of storage devices is essential to understanding new media. Drawing a distinction between "forensic materiality" and "formal materiality," Kirschenbaum uses applied computer forensics techniques in his study of new media works.Just as the humanities discipline of textual studies examines books as physical objects and traces different variants of texts, computer forensics encourage us to perceive new media in terms of specific versions, platforms, systems, and devices.

Kirschenbaum demonstrates these techniques in media-specific readings of three landmark works of new media and electronic literature, all from the formative era of personal computing: the interactive fiction game Mystery House, Michael Joyce's "Afternoon: A Story", and William Gibson's electronic poem "Agrippa."Drawing on newly available archival resources for these works, Kirschenbaum uses a hex editor and disk image of Mystery House to conduct a "forensic walkthrough" to explore critical reading strategies linked to technical praxis; examines the multiple versions and revisions of "Afternoon" in order to address the diachronic dimension of electronic textuality; and documents the volatile publication and transmission history of "Agrippa" as an illustration of the social aspect of transmission and preservation. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Mechanisms is a Gamechanger 19. Juli 2008
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Mechanisms is an excellent introduction into the forensics of computer inscription. Whereas a great deal of digital humanities research has focused upon using computers to study codexes, Kirschenbaum's book seeks to closely examine the "born-digital" world of text. The book offers a forensic perspective into hard drives, file systems, and computer history. How does one examine the laptop of Salman Rushdie? What information is contained within a hard drive using tools like hex editors? Is it appropriate to access information that may be private or sensitive? Mechanisms offers new perspectives in analyzing the "born-digital" but also propels the fields of bibliography and textual criticism into the digital age. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the digital humanities field.
Invisible 4. Januar 2014
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The days of eBooks are here, and with that prompts the question: are there differences in electronic writing? The short answer is yes. One of the directions computer forensics is moving is to look at new media in different ways. For example, how different operating systems compiles information, or how specific versions of the same documents appear. How about different devices for storage? Formats? Platforms? But do not stop there; images count, too. A GIF and a JPEG of the same image may look the same on the screen, but they are not the same to what the eye cannot see, at least not until a histogram is produced for each image. Then the differences are visible, but only then. The author of this book is quite advanced in the study of electronic media, and his awards speak volumes. This treatise opened my eyes to what is invisible and why.
Writing is writing is writing 11. März 2013
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In my mind, or for what I need this book for, Kirschenbaum's most important argument is that digital recording, like all others, requires a physical substrate that means it is an unique artifact and that it has identifiable provenances. This is important because it allows us to discuss digital technics alongside print technics. A very important book in this regard.
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New media via storage forensics 12. Dezember 2011
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Kirschenbaum takes a surprising approach to studying works of new-media art and literature: a "forensic" method that looks at the way the works are stored on and interact with physical storage devices: tapes, floppy disks, hard drives, etc. Forensics in this new media-studies sense draws on a mixture of literary textual analysis and computer forensics. A main thesis is that the storage mechanisms matter when looking at new media, and can't be treated as merely ignorable implementation details to be abstracted away from the conceptual plane of 1s and 0s. His goal with this book seems to be to focus on what disks and drives do in new media, since they're ubiquitous and seemingly important devices, yet little studied from anything but a technical perspective.

The first half of the book focuses on Kirschenbaum's intervention in new-media theory, while the second half illustrates and applies his approach by looking in detail at three works (in several stored forms): the 1980 Apple II adventure game "Mystery House", Michael Joyce's 1987 hypertext piece "Afternoon, a story", and William Gibson's 1992 poem "Agrippa". Agrippa in particular serves as a nice motivating example, and is in a sense a literary forerunner of Kirschenbaum's concerns, explicitly playing with ideas of digital and physical storage.

While the book is mainly targeted at new-media scholars, non-academics interested in electronic literature, digital archives, and similar questions should find it fairly readable, especially the second half of the book that focuses on analyzing specific works. The first half may be slow going at times for those unfamiliar with or uninterested in debates within media studies, but even that is not hugely dense or unnecessarily jargon-filled, and an interested layperson should be able to gain something from it. And, Gibson fans will find the most thorough analysis of "Agrippa" available anywhere, based in part on new sources and archival material Kirschenbaum has uncovered.
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Moralistic summarizing of the obvious 8. Mai 2011
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I had high hopes for this book but found it utterly disappointing and returned it to Amazon. The auhtor's feel good account of the hard drive is simple-minded, at best. I recommend that you read Friedrich Kittler's work instead.
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