Review: The Language of New Media ‘Chapter 2’ The Interface

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Chapter two of The Language of New Media written by Lev Manovich, is called The Interface. This  chapter, “analyzes the  continuities between the computer interface and older cultural forms, languages, and conventions (68).”  It also discusses the elements of the future known as the computer screen.

The chapter is broken up for easy navigation and gives details on the the following subjects: Cultural Interface, The printed word, cinema, HCI: Representation versus Control, A Screens’s Genealogy, The screen and the body, and  Representation versus Simulation.

Human-computer interface also most commonly referred to as HCI describes the many ways in which people interact with computers.. This includes any input or output devices that are connected to the computer such as the mouse, keyboard or monitor (69). It also includes the way humans are able to manipulate the data by deleting files, coping, renaming and etc .

Manovich explains how the computer has changed into the interfacing digital form of communications called cultural interface.  He’s mentions how the computer- early in the 1990’s- representative a  type writer that was able to producer and save information of cultural data. It wasn’t until late in the 1990’s when computers took off.

Lets take a look at exactly how computer screens, human interface and the representation of computers have changed since early 1990’s

Early in the 1990’s computer screens were made of box screens. You might reference this movie to recall the human-cultural interface we had with computers during this time.

Now, take a look at the following images to see an example of how our human- cultural interface has changed.

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Our computer screens come in many different shapes and sizes. Manovich point out the facts that our screens are “dynamic, real-time and interactive” but he is also sure to note that, “a screen is still a screen.” With this being said, It is obvious to me that not only does Manovich state that the era of the screen is still alive, but the era of the screen in which inhibits our human-culture interface has yet to revolve completely.


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