The Digital Dialectic


The Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New Media

Edited by Peter Lunenfeld

London: The MIT Press




In both the analog phone call and the analog photo, there is a proportional, continuously variable relationship between the original and the mediated copy.


Nothing ages faster and becomes inaccessible quicker than electronic media. The silver oxide is falling off the tapes that constitute our archive of the pioneering era of video art. Good luck trying the find a system that can access computer files that are a mere decade old. And bit rot is almost immediate on the World Wide Web, with sites popping up and falling away like flowers in the desert