Kiene Brillenburg Wurth
Multimediality, Intermediality, and Medially Complex Digital Poetry
Well before the peak of the internet bubble, media theorist FriedrichKittler had announced the end of medial compartmentalization in a world of increasing digitalization:
" But even now, before the end, something is coming to an end. The general digitalization of information and channels erases the difference between individual media.
synchronization; delay, memory, transposition; scrambling, scanning,
mapping – a total connection of all media on a digital base erases the notion of the medium itself (Kittler 1997: p. 28-50, 31-32).
The characteristics that can be attributed to digital multimedia are :
Integration: the combining of art forms and technology into a hybrid form of expression.
Interactivity: the ability of the user to manipulate and affect her experience of media directly, and to communicate with others through media.
Hypermedia: the linking of separate media elements to one another to create a trail of personal associations.
Immersion: the experience of entering into the simulation or suggestion of a three-dimensional environment.
Narrativity: aesthetic and formal strategies that derive from above concepts, which result in nonlineair story forms and presentation.