Databases can be visualised through grids and this is how information can broken down into units, which is modularising. All new media (web, apps, TV or anything that is digital) is module as the data perceives the digital image or word that it is permitting which is because of the data being broken down in binary codes. The combination of numbers together make the visualisations we see.
For example GIMP is a binary code editor for digital images e.g. a digital photos placed on a x and y axis, 0 to 255 is the colour spectrum of gb on computer. Numerical presentation is a key element allows modularity, e.g. Gimp, using a pen tool to draw over pixels and changing modules-interaction
Lev Manovich (author on new media theory): modularity is one of his five principles of new media, modularity is based on binary code and it is one of the principles for interactivity as well as automation. Variability is the process of whether you interact or generating on computer. Transcoding, the idea of being digitised e.g. scanning, how we interpret things and point of view e.g. human cat, computer cat information e.g. binary code, transcode to significance to humans
As a digital image is a binary grid there is no real beginning and end relating to databases as at any point data can be retrieved in any order (random access). As a user you can change the order- your perception creates a narrative.Simple data bases which are often represented visually, e.g. mysql grid = new media: separated by commas.As I progressed in databases and gained more knowledge I learnt that mysql, is a table and it is quite straight forward.