Software Studies: A Lexicon
This collection of short expository, critical, and speculative texts offers a fieldguide to the cultural, political, social, and aesthetic impact of software. Computing and digitalmedia are essential to the way we work and live, and much has been said about their influence. Butthe very material of software has often been left invisible. In Software Studies, computerscientists, artists, designers, cultural theorists, programmers, and others from a range ofdisciplines each take on a key topic in the understanding of software and the work that surroundsit. These include algorithms; logical structures; ways of thinking and doing that leak out of thedomain of logic and into everyday life; the value and aesthetic judgments built into computing;programming's own subcultures; and the tightly formulated building blocks that work to make, name,multiply, control, and interweave reality. The growing importance of software requires a new kind ofcultural theory that can understand the politics of pixels or the poetry of a loop and engage in themicroanalysis of everyday digital objects. The contributors to Software Studies are both literate incomputing (and involved in some way in the production of software) and active in making andtheorizing culture. Software Studies offers not only studies of software but proposes an agenda fora discipline that sees software as an object of study from new perspectives. ContributorsAlisonAdam, Wilfried Hou Je Bek, Morten Breinbjerg, Ted Byfield, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Geoff Cox, FlorianCramer, Cecile Crutzen, Marco Deseriis, Ron Eglash, Matthew Fuller, Andrew Goffey, Steve Goodman,Olga Goriunova, Graham Harwood, Friedrich Kittler, Erna Kotkamp, Joasia Krysa, Adrian Mackenzie, LevManovich, Michael Mateas, Nick Montfort, Michael Murtaugh, Jussi Parikka, Søren Pold, DerekRobinson, Warren Sack, Grzesiek Sedek, Alexei Shulgin, Matti Tedre, Adrian Ward, Richard Wright,Simon Yuill
Matthew Fuller is David Gee Reader in Digital Media at the Centre forCultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Media Ecologies:Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture (MIT Press, 2005) and Behind the Blip: Essays on theCulture of Software.
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