For me, this reading had a great amount of signal to noise. I really enjoyed how “New Media” was defined through the three-pronged “artifacts, practices and arrangements” idea. The aspect I found the most fascinating (besides “artifacts,” the consumer products I enjoy) was “arrangements,” particularly as “the organizational forms that people create and build around the artifacts and practices.” Being a child of the internet, my first thought was of individuals or groups subverting the “arrangements” through ingenuity or lateral thinking. When “alternative computing” and “gatekeeping” came up, I began to truly identify with the ideas at hand. Mark Dery defines this as “outlaw computer hacking with the intent of exposing institutional or corporate wrongdoing.” In my opinion, those who use their skills or creativity to increase exposure are the most dynamic radicals, and are putting out the most important “new media,” giving the state of society.


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