Container-less Content? Not in This Digital Age.
Beyond this lay other sub-frames, notably specific encodings from basic HTML to high-level coding languages and the binary code on which all digital technologies rely. Both screens and code rely on a physical infrastructure of fiber-optic cables, transistors, electricity, LEDs, and so on. All of these frames condition digital content. It is no less mediated or framed than a book or broadsheet newspaper. Far from being totally unbound, all digital content comes in a series of interlocking frames: hardware; screens and display mechanisms; mark-up languages; computer code. Screens and code don't contain or distribute content -- they frame it, just as books frame content and in so doing enable distribution (in distributing the frame, you distribute the content).