Behind the Blip: Essays on the Culture of Software

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Cultural Writing. "While most institutions are still trying to figure out what to do with 'new media,' some of the best new-media artists and theorists have already moved on to the next paradigm: the study of software culture. Matthew Fuller's excellent collection is the first monograph in this emerging field. What Fuller gives us is not just a usual book of theory but rather a kind of software—a 'critical help system' to help us understand what is really going on behind the menu and the windows of our computer screens"—Dr. Lev Manovich. "This book is your chance to ingest the venom and bile of Bill Gates' evil twin"—Critical Art Ensemble.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570271397
  • Publisher: Autonomedia
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Behind the Blip: Software as Culture (Some Routes into "Software Criticism," More Ways Out) 11
Visceral Facades: Taking Matta-Clark's Crowbar to Software 39
A Means of Mutation: Notes on I/O/D 4: The Web Stalker 51
Break the Law of Information: Notes on Search Engines and Natural Selection 69
The Impossibility of Interface 99
The Long, Dark Phone-In of the Soul 121
It Looks Like You're Writing a Letter: Microsoft Word 137
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