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How Images Think

ISBN-10: 0262524414

ISBN-13: 9780262524414

Edition: 2005

Authors: Ron Burnett

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Digital images are an integral part of all media, including television, film, photography, animation, video games, data visualization, and the Internet. In the digital world, spectators become navigators wending their way through a variety of interactive experiences, and images become spaces of visualization with more and more intelligence programmed into the very fabric of communication processes. In How Images Think, Ron Burnett explores this new ecology, which has transformed the relationships humans have with the image-based technologies they have created. So much intelligence has been programmed into these image-dependent technologies that it often seems as if images are "thinking"; ascribing thought to machines redefines our relationship with them and enlarges our ideas about body and mind. Burnett argues that the development of this new, closely interdependent relationship marks a turning point in our understanding of the connections between humans and machines. After presenting an overview of visual perception, Burnett examines the interactive modes of new technologies -- including computer games, virtual reality, digital photography, and film -- and locates digital images in a historical context. He argues that virtual images occupy a "middle space," combining the virtual and the real into an environment of visualization that blurs the distinctions between subject and object -- part of a continuum of experiences generated by creative choices by viewers, the results of which cannot be attributed either to images or to participants.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/11/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

RON BURNETT is the Director of the Graduate Program in Communications at McGill University and Professor of Cultural studies in the English Department. He is author of Explorations in Film Theory, and essays that have appeared in books and journals internationally. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the journal Cin�-Tracts, and has been making videotapes and films since the early 1970s.

List of Illustrations
Vantage Point and Image-Worlds
Imagescapes, Mind and Body
Foundations of Virtual Images
Imagescapes as Ecology
Peer-to-Peer Communications/Visualizing Community
Computer Games and the Aesthetics of Human and Nonhuman Interaction
Reanimating the World: Waves of Interaction