Google Doodle and Stop Motion: a Curious Mix of Old and New Media

Old media celebrated by new media.  That’s what Google Doodle does occasionally as they immortalized Eadweard J. Muybridge.

Muybridge was a photography pioneer.  According to the Los Angeles Times, he invented the Zoopraxiscope.  The article also mentions that Muybridge is famous for using over 12 cameras to photograph a horse in motion, likely his most famous contribution to mankind.

New media, like the internet, has enabled other ways to view and alter such old media as photography, film, and television.  Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising when Google remixes Muybridge’s original photographs with the shapes of Google’s letters on the internet.

To take it a step further, Muybridge’s horse contribution would be considered a stop motion video nowadays, something that could be considered new media.  Stop motion is viewed as video even though it consists of photographs.  It mixes two media to form a new medium all its own.

Google Doodle immortalized the old medium inventor, Muybridge, and repurposed his pre-period creations within the new medium of the internet.  And who knew that stop motion was invented in the 1800s!

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About Allison L. Goodman

I am a stay-at-home wife and mother. I fill my days making taking care of my daughter, encouraging others, cooking meals for my family, managing my resources through DIY projects, and writing.
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