Stephen Sinclair, September 01, 2011
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James Gleick's THE INFORMATION an read. Gleick treats telegraph, telephone and television all as stepping stones leading us into the flood, as his subtitle suggests. Media for Gleick are all double edged, enabling and limiting. Gleick is never enthralled by the "unintentional" recording on film or disk, the cough rather than the music. Dada is. Media are NOT the alpha and omega of theory. Gleick's book is not at all a chore to work through. He has plenty for everybody. If you take the extra time to follow him carefully, you will get a solid feel for some of the more complex topics.