The New Media Movement
Digital society connects many areas - science, academia, commerce, arts, politics, entertainment, education - yet there is still no single banner which unites them all. We are however, united by our very connection – the internet itself. The 19th Century British Arts and Crafts Movement was inspired by Ruskin and Morris to look to Nature for its forms and philosophies. Today, many of us add to Nature the potential of digital technology, finding within that combination a potent force for enrichment and empowerment. I wonder, therefore, whether we too are part of a Movement? And so I tentatively offer this volume to the New Media Movement, which might exist, and to all of you who might therefore consider yourselves to be part of it.
The New Media Movement has its own arts and crafts too, as well as a great sense of humour! Jay Maynard's homemade Tron costume, for example, has been doing the rounds in the past few weeks and attracting some affectionate responses to his rather cookie homage to this excellent film. I reproduce his picture here in the hope that he won't mind since it is a popular image across the web at the moment! For a full account of the making of his costume, see his website.