Operating text and transcending machine: Toward an interdisciplinary taxonomy of media works

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Abstract

This paper uncovers the relationship between texts and machines, two major human inventions seemingly situated at polarities. In the Western tradition, the former originates from Aristotelian poetics and rhetoric, while the latter is associated with science and technology. The two have started to overlap in the 20th century, especially with the advent of the computer - a machine simulating human mental activities. This article begins by revisiting a few cardinal ideas from various scholars. Then, having outlined a corpus of texts in different manifestations related to the essence of machines, the author attempts to devise a preliminary framework for an inventive taxonomy of media artifacts in the post-digital age.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-378
Number of pages6
JournalLeonardo
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications

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