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Software Studies: A Lexicon

Matthew Fuller

Abstract

This collection of short, expository, critical, and speculative texts offers a field guide to the cultural, political, social, and aesthetic impact of software. Computing and digital media are essential to the way we work and live, and much has been said about their influence. But the very material of software has often been rendered invisible. In this book, computer scientists, artists, designers, cultural theorists, programmers, and others from a range of disciplines each take on a key topic in the understanding of software and the work that surrounds it. These include algorithms; logical st ... More

Keywords: cultural impact, political impact, social impact, aesthetic impact, algorithms, logical structures, value judgements, aesthetic judgments, programming subcultures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262062749
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.001.0001

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Matthew Fuller, editor

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Algorithm

Andrew Goffey

Analog

Derek Robinson

Button

Søren Pold

Class Library

Graham Harwood

Codecs

Adrian Mackenzie

Computing Power

Ron Eglash

Copy

Jussi Parikka

Data Visualization

Richard Wright

Elegance

Matthew Fuller

Ethnocomputing

Matti Tedre, and Ron Eglash

Function

Derek Robinson

Glitch

Olga Goriunova, and Alexei Shulgin

Import/Export

Lev Manovich

Information

Ted Byfield

Intelligence

Andrew Goffey

Interaction

Michael Murtaugh

Interface

Florian Cramer, and Matthew Fuller

Internationalization

Adrian Mackenzie

Interrupt

Simon Yuill

Language

Florian Cramer

Lists

Alison Adam

Loop

Wilfried Hou Je Bek

Memory

Warren Sack

Obfuscated Code1

Nick Montfort

Object Orientation

Cecile Crutzen, and Erna Kotkampr

Perl

Geoff Cox, and Adrian Ward

Pixel

Graham Harwood

Programmability

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Sonic Algorithm

Steve Goodman

Source Code

Joasia Krysa, and Grzesiek Sedek

System Event Sounds

Morten Breinbjerg

Text Virus

Marco Deseriis

Timeline (sonic)

Steve Goodman

Variable

Derek Robinson

Weird Languages1

Michael Mateas