December 15, 2006

Internet Addiction

The Web is a medium, like television and cinema are media. But paper, ink and oil paint are also media. Do we talk about "drawing addiction?" How about "newspaper addiction?" Not really. Only new media are addictive -- only electric media -- technology.

I'm not disparaging Marie Winn, I do love her vision of TV as the natural medium of the commercialized counterculture. But is that wrong?

There is an unfortunate dogma in the arts, that newness is cheapness. Now, I love the new, and I love the cheap. But just because I have to plug my media into a power outlet, that alone doesn't cheapen anything. At least for me.

November 16, 2006

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