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"Definition of media
- To: xanadu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: "Definition of media
- From: ted@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 5 Mar 96 19:40:23 JST
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> From avatar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Tue Mar 5 08:38:27 1996
> Subject: "Re: Definition of Xanadu (fwd)
> To: xanadu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> From: katherine@xxxxxxxxxxx (Katherine Cochrane)
> Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 09:05:43 -0600
> I wasn't very clear in my original statement. Maybe this will better
> convey my intent. In my lexicon media is the wires, CDs, computer screens
> -- the mechanical things that enable us to move information. Content is
> the information itself, in whatever form it can be. Xanadu is a system for
> managing changes, re-use, intercomparison and ownership of connected ...
> information in digital form? This digital information can consist of
> content and links between elements of content, and tracking and controlling
> meta-information such as ownership records and change files, and other
> attributes. Somehow, though, I don't think you mean to include the
> mechanical devices used to transmit or store or retrieve this information,
> do you? I have a feeling I'd better go back and read some more recent
> discussions of the system before I really get in trouble here.
It's all connected.
To me, "media" are books, magazines, letters, movies,
recordings, speeches, cooking-- TEMPLATES FOR INFORMATION
PACKAGES. I believe this is McLuhan's usage, which came
(I think) out of the advertising industry.
Information packages have creators and points of view.
The design of these templates-- for example, HDTV or email--
is crucial and complex.
PHYSICAL or perhaps BASAL media-- floppies, tape, 35mm film,
Dolby stereo-- are engineering issues, but they have
ramifications for media. (The term LOGICAL media is sometimes
used for the conceptual structure of physical media, such as
hierarchical directories, which I despise.)
And contents are what you put on or in the physical media,
creating WORKS IN MEDIA. Which have VERSIONS.
(Within the Xanadu tradition. Works are also called DOCUMENTS.)
So probably I do mean contents, but the others are all
very much involved.