Computational Culture

a journal of software studies

The ‘FizzBuzz’ Programming Test: A Case-Based Exploration of Rhetorical Style in Code

Abstract Every code text is informed by stylistic decisions that impact how the text is interpreted and understood. While software developers have long discussed concerns of style in regards to writing code, scholars of computation would benefit from a rhetorical approach to style, an approach that links style to substance and sees style as situated […]

The Rhetoric of Error in Digital Media

Abstract Recent media studies scholarship has highlighted the extent to which previous work has often presumed an idealized object of study, an object that functions perfectly, without glitches, errors, or bugs. In contrast to such an idealization, this new strand of scholarship has attempted to account for the myriad of ways in which digital media […]

Sensing Exigence: A Rhetoric for Smart Objects

Abstract This essay argues that the sensing activities of smart objects and infrastructures for device-to-device communication need to be understood as a fundamental aspect of the rhetorical situation, even in the absence of human agents. Using the concept of exigence, most famously developed by Lloyd Bitzer, this essay analyzes the asymmetrical rhetorical dynamics of human-computer […]

Incomputable Aesthetics: Open Axioms of Contingency

Abstract In 1931, Kurt Gödel determined the incompleteness of formal axiomatic systems by demonstrating that there are propositions that cannot be proved or disproved within the system in question. In 1936, Alan Turing showed that some functions cannot be computed, and thereby described the limits of computing machines before any such machine was built. In […]

Inner and Outer Networks

Review of Anna Munster, An Aesthesia of Networks: Conjunctive Experience in Art and Technology   The MIT Press, Cambridge MA ISBN 978-0-262-01895-1 247 pp b&w illustrations 2013     In An Aesthesia of Networks: Conjunctive Experience in Art and Technology Anna Munster seeks to emphasise the relational dimensions of networks and claims that we need […]

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  • Computational Culture – ISSN 2047-2390

    Computational Culture is an online open-access peer-reviewed journal of inter-disciplinary enquiry into the nature of cultural computational objects, practices, processes and structures.
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