Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality

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The history of computer-based multimedia is examined in detail, with insights from Vannevar Bush, Norbert Wiener, John Cage, William Gibson, and others. 15,000 first printing.

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Randall Packer is a leading authority on the history of multimedia and serves on the faculty of the Department of Digital Arts at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. He currently resides in Washington, DC. Ken Jordan has pioneered innovative Web sites such as SonicNet, Word, and Media Channel, where he is now site director.

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Readers interested in the history of multimedia should be enthralled by this collection of hard-to-find essays. "Outline of the Artwork of the Future," for instance, was first published in 1849, and its author was the great German composer Richard Wagner, who envisioned a new kind of stage drama that united music, visual effects, poetry, and dance. Skip forward seven decades, and here's 1924's "Theater, Circus, Variety," by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, one of the foremost practitioners of the Bauhaus school of art. His elaboration of Wagner's ideas incorporated the revolutionary idea of removing the so-called fourth wall and involving the audience in the play. Similarly, these essays trace the evolution of electronic media, film, and books (William Burroughs' 1964 piece, "The Future of the Novel," is itself worth the price of admission). A remarkable blending of past and present, these essays remind us that today's wondrous inventions didn't just spring into existence out of nothingness. David Pitt
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