Chapter Two, The Interface, started out interestingly enough by discussing one of my favorite movies, Blade Runner. I remember seeing the movie with my brother Stan and discussing its relationship with Apple’s Macintosh computer (he is a Mac freak).
In this chapter, Manovich goes on to describe the computer interface in semiotic terms, as a vehicle, or “code”, that delivers cultural messages via multimedia. He delves into different theories and concepts involving new media design and new media art – something in which Apple is the industry leader.
Manovich also gets into what he calls “the language of cultural interfaces”, which addresses the ways users interact with their computers/devices. As with my law textbooks, I’m going to have to go back and read this stuff again. And as I said before: This guy is deep.