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Paper knowledge : toward a media history of documents

Author: Lisa Gitelman
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2014.
Series: Sign, storage, transmission
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Paper Knowledge is a remarkable book about the mundane: the library card, the promissory note, the movie ticket, the PDF (Portable Document Format). It is a media history of the document. Drawing examples from the 1870s, the 1930s, the 1960s, and today, Lisa Gitelman thinks across the media that the document form has come to inhabit over the last 150 years, including letterpress printing, typing and carbon paper,  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Gitelman
ISBN: 9780822376767 0822376768 9781306539876 1306539870
OCLC Number: 933424638
Notes: Titre de l'écran-titre (visionné le 14 décembre 2015).
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (xiii, 210 pages) : illustrations, fichiers PDF.
Series Title: Sign, storage, transmission
Responsibility: Lisa Gitelman.

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"Paper Knowledge is a remarkable book about the mundane: the library card, the promissory note, the movie ticket, the PDF (Portable Document Format). It is a media history of the document. Drawing examples from the 1870s, the 1930s, the 1960s, and today, Lisa Gitelman thinks across the media that the document form has come to inhabit over the last 150 years, including letterpress printing, typing and carbon paper, mimeograph, microfilm, offset printing, photocopying, and scanning. Whether examining late nineteenth century commercial, or "job" printing, or the Xerox machine and the role of reproduction in our understanding of the document, Gitelman reveals a keen eye for vernacular uses of technology. She tells nuanced, anecdote-filled stories of the waning of old technologies and the emergence of new. Along the way, she discusses documentary matters such as the relation between twentieth-century technological innovation and the management of paper, and the interdependence of computer programming and documentation. Paper Knowledge is destined to set a new agenda for media studies."--

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