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The readings from this week were interesting to consider, especially with regard to previous course readings. When reading Kirschenbaum’s “Mechanisms”, I couldn’t help but immediately think back to Bush’s concept of the memex. Kirschenbaum is critical of the evolution of the stored program in claiming that “greater and greater storage capacity will only serve to further dematerialize the media as their finite physical boundaries slip pas the point of any practical concern.” (34) Kirschenbaum is fixated on the loss of materiality in new media, while Bush on the other hand promotes the efficacies that come with advanced storage. It is an interesting dialogue between the two writers as Bush writes from a historical context in which such storage does not exist, while Kirschenbaum is writing in particular about lay computer users. Kirschenbaum uses the term “screen essentialism” to describe new media studies’ insistance on graphics and user interface as more important than the physicality of computing itself. Bush, on the other hand, seems to be a screen essentialist, focusing on the attributes of science and development that allow humans to progress in thought processes and writing based on the efficiency of computerized automation. In addition to Kirschenbaum, it was clear that Sterne’s text on the MP3 developed a similar position with regard to the importance of the format and what it means about communication and culture in general. The fact that MP3s are compressed to adjust to sharing standards and listening standards makes me wonder how much the format influences the mediality or vice versa.