Cutting Code

Cutting Code

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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. altIgCutting 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. altIgCutting 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.The title of the work, aquot;RadioFreeLinux, aquot; suggests that source code could circulate or be broadcast like radio news. ... In a shift of licensing policy, Sony announced Linux for PlayStation by saying: The PlayStation 2-specific libraries will beanbsp;...


Title:Cutting Code
Author: Adrian Mackenzie
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2006-01-01
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