"now, before the mold is set, is the time for experimentation"

A long time ago at a college far, far away, I was an Archaeology/ Art History double major. Now that's a huge jump--if not the polar opposite--to make from Archaeology to Media Studies. But after reading David Silver's "Where is Internet Studies?" I see why it is a logical jump, and why the study of New and Digital Media is an exciting thing.

Silver describes how cyberculture studies are interdisciplinary . . . well, archaeology is too. If you want to understand the impact of Facebook, you must examine the social, economic, psychological, cultural, etc. impact such a phenomenon makes. Similarly, if you dig up a 2,500 year old Etruscan pot shard, you need to keep all of these things in mind when determining the role of that pot in society. However, the crucial difference--Facebook users are alive and well. Ancient Etruscans, not so much. In this living, ever-evolving discipline of New Media and Internet Studies, we can find our final frontier.

I loved how Silver described the coalescence of theories and ideas into codified fields of study. However, for a generation rooted in the notion that a book printed in 2005 may very well be drastically outdated, old academic disciplines are stagnant. I worked as an intern at the Denver Art Museum a few years back, and I was infuriated when the Curator wouldn't even consider I had anything new to add to Art History. He felt nothing had changed since he learned in his 1960's college classes the proper way to analyze a painting. It was a bad position for me--someone who welcomes new ways of seeing the world--to be in.

I'm not really sure why I'm sharing all of this, other than to say Silver's article really resonated with me academically. The fresh, unexplored field of New Media is something that can still be sculpted by us. "Now, before the mold is set, is the time for experimentation." I love Silver's quote. It embodies the way I always hoped academics would be, alive, new, exciting, and unexplored.