Ontogeny recapitulates phylogenyOne of those collegiate, mindblowing theories postulating that every organisim recreates its evolutionary ancestry (now, sadly, discredited), makes an appearance in Momus's D.Observer piece, Paper Spends More Time With Its Family. A nice quote from Arjen Mulder, right in the middle:
"New media derive their right of existence and power of persuasion from the fact that they seem to make possible a more direct perception and experience of the extramedial reality than all previous technological equipment. As soon as a new medium comes on the market, it exposes its predecessor as just-a-medium, while itself it is more than that, namely an open window on the world outside. Photography is nice, but film moves. Film is nice, but television is live. Television is nice, but the Web is interactive. Every new medium attempts to deny itself as medium and at the same time show up all other media as medium and nothing but medium. Every new medium wants to be transparent, invisible, and everything else is opaque. With new media, you look through them to see reality; with old media, you see only their mediality, their technological limitations."