|aIntroduction: toward an archaeology of media archaeology / Erkki Huhtamo and Jussi Parikka -- Engines of/in the imaginary. Dismantling the fairy engine: media archaeology as topos study / Erkki Huhtamo -- On the archaeology of imaginary media / Eric Kluitenberg -- On the origins of the origins of the influencing machine / Jeffrey Sconce -- Freud and the technical media : the enduring magic of the wunderblock / Thomas Elsaesser -- (Inter)facing media. The "baby talkie," domestic media, and the Japanese modern / Machiko Kusahara -- The observer's dilemma : to play or not to play / Wanda Strauven -- The game player's duty : the user as the gestalt of the ports / Claus Pias -- The enduring ephemeral, or the future is a memory / Wendy Hui Kyong Chun -- Between analog and digital. Erased dots & rotten dashes-how to wire a head for a preservation / Paul deMarinis -- Media archaeography-method & machine versus history & narrative of media / Wolfgang Ernst -- Mapping noise : techniques and tactics of irregularities, interception and disturbance / Jussi Parikka -- Objects of our affection : how object-orientation made computers a medium / Casey Alt -- Digital media archaeology : interpreting computational processes / Noah Wardrip-Fruin -- Afterword : media archaeology and re-presencing the past / Vivian Sobchack.
This book introduces an archaeological approach to the study of media--one that sifts through the evidence to learn how media were written about, used, designed, preserved, and sometimes discarded, and to understand the way people were influenced by media that predate today's interactive, digital forms. Edited by Erkki Huhtamo and Jussi Parikka with contributions from an internationally diverse group of prominent scholars--from Europe, North America, and Japan--the essays in this book do not constitute a unified approach or method. Instead, while providing a broad overview of the emerging field's many historical and theoretical facets, the book presents itself as an open forum to encourage discussion by a full range of different voices and to offer new ways of understanding media and their roles in society and culture.