Key Terms

Remediation is the process whereby computer graphics, virtual reality, and the World Wide Web define themselves by borrowing from and refashioning media such as painting, photography, television, and film (Blakesley, A Review of Remediation: Understanding New Media).

Immediacy is the perfection, or erasure, of the gap between signifier and signified, style of visual representation whose goal is to make the viewer forget the presence of the medium (canvas, photographic film, cinema, and so on) and believe that he is in the presence of the objects of representation (Blakesley, A Review of Remediation: Understanding New Media).

Hypermediacy is a style of visual representation whose goal is to remind the viewer of the medium. Hypermediacy is an expression of our fascination with the medium itself (Blakesley, A Review of Remediation: Understanding New Media).

Mediation is the representation of an object, a formative interface whereby the object of contemplation is structured and presented by some intervening medium. In this sense, it refers to the symbolic act itself and thus would include writing (Blakesley, A Review of Remediation: Understanding New Media).

Connections to course outcomes

In the world of digital media, things are changing way too fast. It is a non-stop process. Today we try to perfect media; tomorrow we will try to get rid of it, etc. However, a lot of times “everything new is actually well-forgotten old.” Our goal in a class is not to know every little trend or program of today’s digital world, but try to play, experiment, perform, judge, network, etc in order to explore what the media is today, so we can easier adapt to the media of the next level when necessary. As Bolter and Grusin said, “content of the older media could simply be poured into the new one”(45).


Works cited

Blakesley, David. “A Review of Remediation: Understanding New Media.” n.d. 08 09 2012.

Bolter, Jay David, and Richard Grusin. Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000.


Sitting in both “extremes” of the bench, is it an stereotype image of the old and the new media?


Old media /New media

In ever changing world media reflects the dynamic of its society. It doesn’t matter what we think of newspapers and magazines today if yesterday it was enough to suit the needs of previous generation. Now we have internet, millions of different website, etc. which are able to suit our needs today. We can only imagine what next generation will think of our blogs! Therefore, there is no need to judge the old culture; we should better look at it as a result of remediation – the process where “new media offers new means of gaining access to the older materials” (Grison and Bolter 45).

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