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The digital moving image: Revising indexicality and transparency

McMullan, J. (2011) The digital moving image: Revising indexicality and transparency. IM: Interactive Media, 7 .



Cinema as the projected filmic image has been the focus of moving image theory for over a century.
Television and video have taken a back seat for several reasons; in particular that they are often
considered as inferior moving image mediums in some aspects, both conveying a lesser degree of
transparency and, more recently in digital form, being devoid of indexicality as theorised by Charles
Sanders Pierce. That is, they supposedly possess a weaker connection to the real or, what Jay David
Bolter calls, “the authentic”. This paper, via Tom Gunning’s work on digital media and the claim to
photographic truth, will explore and problematise these notions with the aim of challenging the
longstanding primacy of the cinematic moving image as well as softening the analog/digital divide.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: National Academy of Screen and Sound
Copyright: © 2011 IM/NASS
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