I found the majority of the reading a bit difficult to understand. There were certain parts I had to re-visit to make sure I understood correctly in the first place. What I did get out of it is that Manovich has a distinguished view of new media, along with what I presume most older people do. As someone practically raised along with the growth of the internet and new media I think that nothing has changed much except for the enhancement of information and ways to gather it. The computer can be used for so much now that there isn't such a huge necessity to have to go out and grab a newspaper or watch the nightly or morning news. Almost everything you need to know is right at your fingertips.
As the newer generation makes its way and begins to take over whatever "new media" is, I believe that the evolution will remain constant.