What IS new media? A review of Manovich’s “eight possible concepts of new media” (2003, p. 16) leaves me thoughtful but wanting something that I can conceptualize, or use as a working definition. From the readings and past courses in the MACT program, my sense is that new media is: digital, online, interactive, democratic (for those who can access it), and users are also producers of content (Axel Bruns’ concept of produsage) . It can be audio, video, still images or design, text, or some combination of these. It can be mixed and remixed. It is constantly changing. It can represent truth or reality or someone’s conception of fantasy. It can create or destroy. It can be bad or good. It connects us; it is social. Ultimately it is, as Michael Wesch states in his video, it is us… the “machine is us.”
When first presented with the notion of Wikipedia; its vast wealth of human knowledge; its constantly changing and changeable content, I was, well, flabbergasted—to think that it could be close to the sum of (current) human knowledge. Even more mindboggling is that it is never perfect, but nears perfection or “truth” (whatever that is) through its sheer volume of editors. If this is not a feat of new media, then what is?
As for “transdisciplinarity,” this is a simpler concept to grasp. It only makes sense to take a holistic, multi-perspective view of the subject at hand to full understand it. My question is – which disciplines are those that we will view and study our topic with? What are the “established disciplines” that Mark Linder speaks of?