image-interface and image-instruments

Rather than utilizing the single dimension of visual fidelity, they construct the reality effect on a number of dimensions, of which visual fidelity is but one.
New media change our concept of what an image is- because they turn a viewer into an active user. As a result, an illusionistic image is no longer something a subject simply look at, comparing it with memories of represented reality to judge its reality effect.
The new media image is something the user actively goes into, zooming in or clicking on individual parts with the assumption that they contain hyperlinks. Moreover, new media turn most images into image-interface and image-instruments.
The Operations, Lev Manovich

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