Excavating the Memory Palace: Arts of Visualization from the Agora to the Computer (Hardback)Seth Long (author)
In Excavating the Memory Palace, Seth David Long mines the history of Europe's arts of memory to find the origins of today's data visualizations, unearthing how ancient constructions of cognitive pathways paved the way for modern technological interfaces. Looking to techniques like the memory palace, he finds the ways that information has been tied to sensory and visual experience, turning raw data into lucid knowledge. From the icons of smart phone screens to massive network graphs, Long shows us the ancestry of the cyberscape and unveils the history of memory as a creative act.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 666 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"Long investigates the rhetorical canon of memory in a fascinating way that pushes the boundaries in both theory and method. He offers rich examples and anecdotes, ranging from ancient Greece and the Middle Ages to the present, and he breathes new life into how we conceive of memory, initiating a welcome empirical methodology for rhetorical theory that a range of researchers will find refreshing."
-- John R. Gallagher, author of Update Culture and the Afterlife of Digital Writing
"Just what happened to ars memoria? Long takes readers on an investigative journey of research and recovery, starting at the twilight of the Roman agora and ending with present-day digital networks. He tells the story of how the iconoclasts and their imageless memory systems changed the way rhetoricians recall the fourth canon and the significant social and historical implications for today's digital world of visualized data. In an era of rapidly circulating news, Long's book is a must read for humanists and pedagogues interested in questions about where, how, why, and what we remember." -- Jim Ridolfo, coeditor of Rhet Ops: Rhetoric and Information Warfare
"Long's book is a timely reminder that there are both great promises and great dangers lurking in new technologies, but that these cannot be appreciated without a historical sensibility. No matter how new-fangled technologies may seem, they will raise similar questions as in the past about what it is for us, as humans, to know." * International Journal of Law in Context *
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