On a Silver Platter: CD-ROMs and the Promises of a New Technology

On a Silver Platter: CD-ROMs and the Promises of a New Technology

Greg M. Smith


When the recent medium of CD-ROMs emerged, figures and critics alike proclaimed their almost limitless strength. Adapting fabric from well-established media like tv and picture, CD-ROMs have speedy remodeled genres equivalent to technological know-how fiction and horror. even as, the realities of exact CD-ROMs usually fall wanting their utopian visions.

On a Silver Platter marks a "coming of age" for CD-ROMs as a commercially and aesthetically major medium hard serious cognizance. Greg Smith brings jointly media students resembling Lisa Cartwright, Henry Jenkins, Janet Murray, and Scott Bukatman to research how CD-ROMs provide choices to wide-spread places―to museums, to towns, and particularly to school rooms. interpreting particular CD-ROM titles, together with, Sim urban, Civilization, and Phantasmagoria, the individuals argue that CD-ROMs are complicated texts priceless of shut attention, either for the way they've got replaced our figuring out of area and style, and for the way they'll impression the advance of destiny media.

By interpreting specific CD-ROM texts and contexts, On a Silver Platter probes this new medium for perception and realizing into the present country of multimedia and into the way forward for technology.

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