Communication & Media

communication : a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior — Webster

Understanding communication is important, so the New Media Museum’s exhibits and collections do include resources that are related to the broader history of communication and the technologies used to facilitate the communication process. However, the primary focus of the museum is on collecting, preserving and sharing the history of new media.

A complete history of the MIT Communications Forum is one valuable asset held in the archives of the New Media Museum.

For example, this is the logo that Mary Hopper helped David Thorburn create while serving as the first Post Doc of Comparative Media Studies at MIT.
CommForum

This is a poster available for display in the museum.
MiT-2000

MIT Communications Forum Archive

Books in the Collection

Media

media : a medium of cultivation, conveyance, or expression — Webster

The history of media did not start with the invention of the computer. It is important to understand the earlier history and nature of analog and electronic media in order to appreciate the implications of the transition to digital media formats as well as the ongoing complex relationship between “old media” and “new media.” Therefore, the New Media Museum also collects, preserves and shares the history of analogy and electronic media.

Books in the Collection

mcluhan

New Media

new media : forms of media that are native to computers, digital and relying on computers for redistribution. — Wikipedia

Finally, as the name implies, the New Media Museum’s main mission is to collect, preserve and share the history of new media. Furthermore, the focus is on capturing the history of the unique transition from dependence upon analog media to first electronic and then digital media that occurred over the course of the second half of the last century, an exceedingly brief interval of human history.

A complete history of the founding of MIT’s Media in Transition Project is one valuable asset held in the archives of the New Media Museum.

For example, this is a logo that Mary Hopper helped David Thorburn create while serving as the first Post Doc of Comparative Media Studies.

MiT-logo

MIT Media in Transition Project Archive

Techie Note

A key technical goal of the museum is to also have the ability to play, record, preserve and translate as wide a range of analog, electronic and digital media formats as possible.