The term "digital" seems, on the one hand, surprisingly stable (for more than thirty years it has been associated with rather mythical promises of immateriality, efficacy, and progress), but on the other hand it is undergoing a remarkable transformation, which I would like to discuss in this paper. Using the example of the development from DVD to streaming, I would like to explore how the status of "the digital" has shifted and what this means, among other things, in terms of questions of ownership and availability.
Jan Distelmeyer is professor of media history and media theory in the European Media Studies program of the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and the University of Potsdam. Main areas of interest include the history and theory of digitality and computerization, interfaces as operational relations, computer games, and the history of film. Recent publications include „What holds everything together“ in: Spy on Me, Vol. 3 (New Communities), 2021; „Taking Part. Two Steps Towards Networked Computerization“, in: Interface Critique Journal, Vol 2, 2019, and Kritik der Digitalität, Wiesbaden, 2021.