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Programmed Visions: Software and Memory
     

Programmed Visions: Software and Memory

by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
 

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ISBN-10: 0262518511

ISBN-13: 9780262518512

Pub. Date: 01/31/2013

Publisher: MIT Press

New media thrives on cycles of obsolescence and renewal: from celebrations of cyber-everything to Y2K, from the dot-com bust to the next big things — mobile mobs, Web 3.0, cloud computing. In Programmed Visions, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun argues that these cycles result in part from the ways in which new media encapsulates a logic of programmability. New

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New media thrives on cycles of obsolescence and renewal: from celebrations of cyber-everything to Y2K, from the dot-com bust to the next big things — mobile mobs, Web 3.0, cloud computing. In Programmed Visions, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun argues that these cycles result in part from the ways in which new media encapsulates a logic of programmability. New media proliferates "programmed visions," which seek to shape and predict — even embody — a future based on past data. These programmed visions have also made computers, based on metaphor, metaphors for metaphor itself, for a general logic of substitutability.

Chun argues that the clarity offered by software as metaphor should make us pause, because software also engenders a profound sense of ignorance: who knows what lurks behind our smiling interfaces, behind the objects we click and manipulate? The combination of what can be seen and not seen, known (knowable) and not known — its separation of interface from algorithm and software from hardware — makes it a powerful metaphor for everything we believe is invisible yet generates visible, logical effects, from genetics to the invisible hand of the market, from ideology to culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262518512
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/31/2013
Series:
Software Studies
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Preface: Programming the Bleeding Edge of Obsolescence xi

Introduction: Software, a Supersensible Sensible Thing 1

You 13

I Invisibly Visible, Visibly Invisible 15

1 On Sourcery and Source Codes 19

Computers that Roar 55

2 Daemonic Interfaces, Empowering Obfuscations 59

II Regenerating Archives 97

3 Order from Order, or Life According to Software 101

The Undead of Information 133

4 Always Already There, or Software as Memory 137

Conclusion: In Medias Res 175

Epilogue: In Medias Race 179

You, Again 181

Notes 183

Index 233

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