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. qCutting Code: Software and Socialityq 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. qCutting Codeq 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.Neither the quasi-celebrity status of Torvalds nor the relatively conventional architecture or technical features of the kernel itself ... Linux represents software- associated collective agency in the process of constituting itself in the production and circulation of code. ... The earlier analysis of code as performative in relation to authorizing contexts (see chapter 2) is developed here in two key respects: codeanbsp;...

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

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