Category: Research

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A Technocratic Machine: The Memex as Rhetorical Invention

Rhetoric and Public Affairs 23, no. 3 (Fall): 496-526. doi: 10.14321/rhetpublaffa.23.3.0495 The Memex is an icon in the history of computer technology. It was first presented to the public in a 1945 Life Magazine article as “a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility.” … Read More A Technocratic Machine: The Memex as Rhetorical Invention

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Seeing Systems: A History of Visual Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1939-1969

This dissertation traces the development of media research within a single organizational context. Such research includes high-speed photography systems, design theories, scientific visualization methods, and early computer graphics software. I argue that as MIT shifted from industrial ancillary to one of the centers of the military-industrial complex, visual media research was crucial to the construction of MIT’s anti-instrumental and networked approach to science and … Read More Seeing Systems: A History of Visual Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1939-1969