After reading this piece by Manovich, I found it intriguing how he discussed in depth the translating media into digital media, especially this excerpt about Numerical Representation; “All new media objects, whether they are created from scratch on computers or converted from analog media sources, are composed of digital code; they are numerical representations.”
For me, this really begged an interesting question dealing with Art in the classical sense (sculptures, paintings, etc) Manovich goes into much more detail than I will here but he essentially explains how anything you see on a computer screen is simply a combination of numbers, “media becomes programmable” he says. The question for me then became wether or not when you view art through a computerized/digitized lens if you can truly gain a full appreciation for it. Is this digitization of classical art a net gain or loss? Art, in my mind, is not digital in any sense of the word because I hold digital to simply mean a combination of numbers.