Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past by Steve F. AndersonTechnologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past by Steve F. Anderson

Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past

bySteve F. Anderson

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Technologies of History is an engrossing and innovative consideration of how history is constructed today, exploring our most basic relationship to history and the diverse contributions of visual and computational media to conceptions of the past. Embracing the varieties of history offered by experimental film, television, video games, and digital media, Steve F. Anderson mines the creative and discursive potential of this profane and esoteric historiography. He offers a highly readable and consistently fascinating discussion of historiography in visual media, with an emphasis on alternate or fantastic histories, including Star Trek time travel episodes, fake documentaries, films created from home movies and found footage, and video games about cultural traumas such as the siege at Waco and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Examining artifacts from the most commercial Hollywood product to the modernist avant-garde, this bold and ambitious polemic seeks to address historians, media scholars, and general readers alike, encouraging all to recognize, engage with, and perhaps even learn from these heterodox histories and the powerful sway they hold over our historical consciousness.
STEVE F. ANDERSON directs the Ph.D. program in media arts and practice at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and co-edits Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular.
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Title:Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the PastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.6 inPublished:April 12, 2011Publisher:Dartmouth College PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Fantastic History
Cultural Memory
Found Footage
Home Movies
Materialist History
Digital Histories
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Technologies of History is an engrossing and innovative consideration of how history is constructed today, exploring our most basic relationship to history and the diverse contributions of visual and computational media to conceptions of the past. Embracing the varieties of history offered by experimental film, television, video games, and digital media, Steve F. Anderson mines the creative and discursive potential of this profane and esoteric historiography. He offers a highly readable and consistently fascinating discussion of historiography in visual media, with an emphasis on alternate or fantastic histories, including Star Trek time travel episodes, fake documentaries, films created from home movies and found footage, and video games about cultural traumas such as the siege at Waco and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Examining artifacts from the most commercial Hollywood product to the modernist avant-garde, this bold and ambitious polemic seeks to address historians, media scholars, and general readers alike, encouraging all to recognize, engage with, and perhaps even learn from these heterodox histories and the powerful sway they hold over our historical consciousness.“Technologies of History is a real tour de force, always engaging, often enlightening, scanning across a wealth of material, and making unanticipated connections. I very much respect its refusal to be constrained by disciplinary boundaries, the borders between media platforms, or conventional cultural hierarchies.” - Henry Jenkins, author of Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide