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Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042482

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042482.001.0001

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Software, Creativity, and Empowerment

Software, Creativity, and Empowerment

(p.111) 6 Software, Creativity, and Empowerment

Rob Kitchin

Martin Dodge

The MIT Press

This chapter examines coding as a creative process, and explores its contribution in creating new opportunities and opening up new possibilities for creativity for both people working in knowledge-intensive professions and ordinary citizens. It also examines the role of software as a progressive force for personal and social change, and provides a discussion of how new forms of knowledge production, artistic practice, and the innovative design process are being facilitated by software. The role of high technicity of software in empowering individuals and society through self-authorship and sharing is discussed. The chapter concludes that software is a tool for empowerment, betterment, and efficient state scrutiny and corporate monitoring, but its harmful and corrosive effects on new generations and society as a whole should not be neglected.

Keywords:   knowledge-intensive professions, technicity, self-authorship, state scrutiny, harmful effects

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