This article examines the birth of interactive computer screens from enemy targeting and tracking systems (especially computerized radar) that distributed information processing in an ecology of operations among humans, computational instruments, and the environment. It proposes a concept of “computational screening” to account for the integration of visualization and information processing that gave rise to digital images.
An Ecology of Operations: Vigilance, Radar, and the Birth of the Computer Screen
Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan is a media theorist, historian of technology, and occasional curator. He teaches at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London and can be reached online at www.bernardg.com or via Twitter at @bernardionysius.
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Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan; An Ecology of Operations: Vigilance, Radar, and the Birth of the Computer Screen. Representations 1 August 2019; 147 (1): 59–95. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2019.147.1.59
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