The Digital Plenitude: The Decline Of Elite Culture And The Rise Of New Media by Jay David BolterThe Digital Plenitude: The Decline Of Elite Culture And The Rise Of New Media by Jay David Bolter

The Digital Plenitude: The Decline Of Elite Culture And The Rise Of New Media

byJay David Bolter

Hardcover | May 7, 2019

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How the creative abundance of today's media culture was made possible by the decline of elitism in the arts and the rise of digital media.

Media culture today encompasses a universe of forms-websites, video games, blogs, books, films, television and radio programs, magazines, and more-and a multitude of practices that include making, remixing, sharing, and critiquing. This multiplicity is so vast that it cannot be comprehended as a whole. In this book, Jay David Bolter traces the roots of our media multiverse to two developments in the second half of the twentieth century: the decline of elite art and the rise of digital media. Bolter explains that we no longer have a collective belief in "Culture with a capital C." The hierarchies that ranked, for example, classical music as more important than pop, literary novels as more worthy than comic books, and television and movies as unserious have broken down. The art formerly known as high takes its place in the media plenitude. The elite culture of the twentieth century has left its mark on our current media landscape in the form of what Bolter calls "popular modernism." Meanwhile, new forms of digital media have emerged and magnified these changes, offering new platforms for communication and expression.

Bolter outlines a series of dichotomies that characterize our current media culture: catharsis and flow, the continuous rhythm of digital experience; remix (fueled by the internet's vast resources for sampling and mixing) and originality; history (not replayable) and simulation (endlessly replayable); and social media and coherent politics.

Title:The Digital Plenitude: The Decline Of Elite Culture And The Rise Of New MediaFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:May 7, 2019Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262039737

ISBN - 13:9780262039734


Editorial Reviews

"Deft, thorough, and persuasive, Jay Bolter's The Digital Plenitude explores the historical and cultural environment that helped incubate and evolve the unprecedented variety, complexity, and multiplicity of digital technology that surrounds and penetrates our lives today, while interweaving astute observations of the current political landscape in America. Bolter astutely articulates the translation of modernism in the twentieth century into popular modernism, and how digital technology has flourished but failed to foster a strong democracy or community-based decisions. The Digital Plenitude, providing a much-needed context for and clarification of the mesh of our contemporary technical and political reality, is urgent and timely."-Charles Henry, President of The Council on Library and Information Resources