Software Takes Command by Lev Manovich is licensed under a Creative. Commons Software, or the Engine of Contemporary Societies. Title: Software Takes Command. Publisher: Bloomssbury Academic. Publication date: July 4, Length: , words. pages. 30 illustrations. Lev Manovich, Software Takes Command, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, , extends the work of “software studies” called for by Manovich () .
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Nor do I aim to discuss all new creative techniques it enables across different cultural fields.
Instead, I will trace a particular path through this sodtware that will ta A text on software studies, attempting to define Cultural Software. Instead, I will trace a particular path through this history that will take us from to today and which will pass through some of its most crucial points. Digitalpages.
Software Takes Command
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In Software Takes Command, Lev Manovich provides a compelling account of how all forms of cultural media have aoftware produced through software. In so doing, he contends: Such arguments have been made in the nascent software studies literature for a number of years, with proponents suggesting th In Software Takes Command, Lev Manovich provides a compelling account of how all forms of cultural media have become produced through software.
Such arguments have been made in the nascent software studies literature for a number of years, with proponents suggesting that given the extent to which software now conditions everyday life it deserves to be examined in its own right as a significant actant and theoretical category e. As he notes, such studies are concerned with majovich such as what is the nature of software?
Further, given the partial and provisional nature of software – always being updated and patched, always processing data – he contends that software produces a world of permanent change and flux.
It creates new strategies that together make up software epistemology. Software, after all has gradually been infusing the txkes of work, science, home life, communication, consumption, travel, and so on. Indeed, as I read the text I started to sketch out a potential project tracing how maps have become software, osftware a genealogy of geospatial media.
It will be interesting to see such translations being made softwarw for the theory to be fleshed out as it encounters new scenarios and phenomena.
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My view is, however, that such translations need to be broader and more ambitious in their scope. Whilst Manovich is undoubtedly right that software is a mnovich metamedium utilising new metalanguages that are reshaping cultural practices, the analytical framing adopted over-fetishizes code at the expense of its wider assemblage of production and use.
This is because his proposed approach is quite narrowly framed. However, we need to be careful not to lose sight of the fact that software is bound up in a whole suite of discursive and material practices and structures systems of thought, forms of knowledge, finance, political economies, governmentalities and legalities, materialities and infrastructures, practices, organisations and institutions, subjectivities and communities, places, marketplaces.
Understanding software then, I would contend, requires placing it within its wider context that shapes how it is conceived, produced, and used in often quite messy, contingent and relational ways. Nevertheless, Software Takes Command is a very good starting point for such a journey. Mar 01, Ian rated it it was amazing Shelves: We want to be able to test how our model would behave in different conditions with different data, and the last thing we want to do is for computer to introduce some new sooftware into the model that we ourselves did not specify.
I “When we use computers to simulate some process in the real world — the behavior of a weather system, the processing of information in the brain, the deformation of a car in a crash — our concern is to correctly model the necessary features of this process or system.
In short, when we use computers as a general-purpose medium for simulation, we want this medium to be completely ‘transparent. Mar 12, Kingsborough Library rated it liked it. What I found most interesting or useful about this book was that it provided an novel perspective on the history of computing.
Feb 11, Karkaim rated it really liked it Shelves: An excellent projection on contemporary digital culture, media remix, and computer history.
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