What you have just read, is a re-modeled version of the first website that I created in April 2000, as an interactive study for my Media Theory course at university. A list of the sources used to write the study can be found further down the page. You will probably wonder about the listed search engines - Well, Google wasn't really big back then.
Overall, I wanted to keep as much as possible of the original writing, but a lot of it needed serious revision and corrections. I changed some of the old HTML behind the site, which was as basic and as simple as it comes; at the time, I had learned just enough code to write the study, and so I had kept it really simple. It was especially difficult for me to do "fancier" or more complicated things. I understand that this isn't the most complete piece of writing I have done [even at the time], but I think it accomplishes what it set out to do years ago - to answer a few questions, and to do so in a different way.
With regards to some of the photographs I used, I am aware that there are probably many better examples out there today to illustrate my points, but I used whatever I could get my hands on at the time. Some things - such as links to the photographers whose work I referred to - have been updated, and some others not. Some links don't even exist anymore making it impossible for me to update them.
This essay is dedicated to Susan Sontag (1933 – 2004) whose book "On Photography" inspired me to look at the art in a whole new "light".
I would also like to thank Frank Jump whose book Fading Ads of New York City contains parts of this essay. Last, but not least, I would like to thank Dr. Daniel Chandler who helped me take my first steps into HTML, and who gave me this assignment in the first place.
I hope you enjoyed reading. Comments & criticism are always welcome, so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you like.
Introduction To Media Theory ~ University of Wales, Aberystwyth