reading response 7

Remediated Struggle for Essence

Bolter and Grusin's understanding of new media as caught between the immediacy/hypermediacy dichotomy brings the essence of media to a tension. Each mediated environment is immediate, fostering "in the viewer a sense of presence: the viewer should forget that she is in fact wearing a computer interface" (5). Simultaneously, hypermediacy, which "offers a heterogeneous space, in which representation is conceived of not as a window on to the world, but rather as 'windowed' itself" (17) is unavoidable.

Reading Response 7: Remediation

Jay David Bolter, and Richard Grusin mention an idea from a movie, "the wire".

"If the ultimate purpose of media is indeed to transfer sense experiences from one person to another, the wire threatens to make all media obsolete."


In Introduction: The Double Logic of Remediation, J. David Bolter and Richard Grusin make some very interesting points about our need for immediacy in today's society. For example, one point they make is that "To fulfill our apparently insatiable desire for immediacy, 'live' point-of-view television programs show viewers what it is like to accompany a police officer on a dangerous raid or to be a skydiver or a race car driver hurtling through space" (Introduction, page 6). This makes me think of the television show Big Brother.


Remediation was an interesting read because it brought up many topics that we have discussed through out the semester. On the issue of virtual reality and if it will overcome the medium barrier, it was stated that "their view is that virtual reality (or digital technology in general) completes and overcomes the history of media (24)". I thought that this was an interesting point of view to have.


In this reading we discussed the three important components: Mediacy, hypermediacy and remediation. Each one is very different and has it's own important components.

Mediacy is connecting to technology in a more natural way. It's being in control and using certain parts of your body to almost suppress the electronic aspect. It makes you forget that you're even working with electronic's.


In this weeks reading, we discussed the chapter out of the book Remediation : understanding New Media by Jay Bolter and Richard Grusin. This chapter disucusses the most key elements of new media which are immediacy, hypermediacy, and remediation. These concepts represent the immersment of the user in their selected form of media. I find it interesting that these words represent the furthering of immersment within a selected medium.

Not much to say

I don't have much to say this week. I feel that discussing immediacy, hypermediacy, and remediation is something that has existed since media has been around. For the most part, I think that it is just an observation in that by studying it we can no better judge if it is a good or bad thing. These are just the effects of progress.

Alternate Reality?

What is our society coming to when a man would rather fully immerse himself in an alternate reality family, than his actual family?

Immediacy and Remediation

In the first chapter of their book Remediation: Understanding New Media, Jay Bolter and Richard Grusin do a good job of outlining three of the most key elements of media: immediacy, hypermediacy, and remediation. These elements are not something new that have appeared with the advent of new media but instead have been around as long as there has been any kind of media. The new technologies of today are creating an interesting way for these terms to be defined and represented in our forms of new media.

Syndicate content