Genealogy of Mobile Creativity

A Media Archaeological Approach to Literary Practice in Japan

Authored by: Kyoung-hwa Yonnie Kim

The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415809474
eBook ISBN: 9780203434833
Adobe ISBN: 9781135949181


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With the rise of the proliferation of new media, much has been touted about the emergence of new types of productivity and creativity. But is it so clear that the new technology has resulted in completely new socio-cultural forms? They are “new” in the sense of being realized on behalf of a newly developed technology, but “old” at the same time in the sense that they resonate with existing cultural behaviors or presuppositions formed in the past. Many new media theorists have noted that the old haunts new media; for example Manovich notes that digital photography is full of specters of the analogue (as evidenced by digital software programs like Photoshop, Final Cut). Often newer technologies are adapted into existing cultural rituals and practices, a process some have defined as domestication. For media archaeologist Erkki Huhtamo, media needs to be understood as part of cyclical returns rather than the new/old linear simplistic models often deployed to discuss new technologies. Moreover, this type of phenomenological thinking encourages us to reflect upon the sociocultural, rather than functional, dimensions of technology as it moves within the messiness of everyday life.

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