Cutting Code: Software and Sociality

Cutting Code: Software and Sociality

by Adrian Mackenzie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820478237

ISBN-13: 9780820478234

Pub. Date: 02/24/2006

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Software has often been marginalized in accounts of digital cultures and network societies. Although software is everywhere, it is hard to say what it actually is. Cutting Code: Software and Sociality is one of the first books to treat software seriously as a full-blown cultural process, and as a subtly powerful material in contemporary communication.

Overview

Software has often been marginalized in accounts of digital cultures and network societies. Although software is everywhere, it is hard to say what it actually is. Cutting Code: Software and Sociality is one of the first books to treat software seriously as a full-blown cultural process, and as a subtly powerful material in contemporary communication. From deCSS to Java, from Linux to Extreme Programming, this book analyses software artworks, operating systems, commercial products, infrastructures and programming practices. It explores social forms, identities, materialities and power relations associated with software, and it asks how software provokes the re-thinking of production, consumption and distribution as entwined cultural processes. Cutting Code argues that analysis of code as a mosaic of algorithms, protocols, infrastructures, and programming conventions offers valuable insights into how contemporary social formations invent new kinds of personhood and new ways of acting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820478234
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
02/24/2006
Series:
Digital Formations Series, #30
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
215
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.02(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >