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Programmed Visions: Software and Memory

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun


The 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, etc. This book argues that these cycles result in part from the ways in which new media encapsulates a logic of programmability, and discusses the assumptions of source code and logos and making computers more productive by exploiting the potential of source code. New media rapidly advances to “programmed visions,” which seek to shape and predict—even embody—a future based on past data. These programmed vi ... More

Keywords: New media, Y2K, dot-com bust, mobile mobs, Web 3.0, cloud computing, programmed visions, logic of substitutability, genetics, market, ideology, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015424
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015424.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, author