Computational Culture

a journal of software studies

Index, issue one

Editorial 1: A Billion Gadget Minds Special Issue: A Billion Gadget Minds Michael Wheeler, Thinking Beyond the Brain: Educating and Building, from the Standpoint of Extended Cognition Anna Munster, Nerves of Data: the Neurological Turn in/against Networked Media Ingmar Lippert, Extended Carbon Cognition as a Machine Luciana Parisi and Stamatia Portanova, Soft Thought (in architecture […]

Editorial 1: A Billion Gadget Minds

Welcome to the first issue of Computational Culture!  This is a journal that aims to provide a space for the emerging kinds of thinking and practice, aligned with, but not limited to, the growing field of software studies.  Software and computation more broadly has become fundamental to almost every aspect of daily life.  As computation […]

Nerves of data: the neurological turn in/against networked media

Over the last year or so, a loose idea, albeit one with ‘hard’ evidence, has been gathering speed – ‘the neurological turn’ in humanities and social science discourses, particularly in analyses of screen and new media technologies and reception. The neurological turn refers mainly to the resorting to neuroscience by non-neuroscientific scholars, journalists and commentators […]

Inside Photoshop

Contemporary media is experienced, created, edited, remixed, organized and shared with software. This software includes stand-alone professional media design and management applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Final Cut, After Effects, Aperture, and Maya; consumer-level apps such as iPhoto, iMovie, or Picassa; tools for sharing, commenting, and editing provided by social media sites such […]

Extended Carbon Cognition as a Machine

Introduction Carbon matters. And it is computed. In a culture. Underlying calculations are configured; and they could be configured otherwise. To open a space for conceptual discussion about carbon, this article attempts to reconstruct the extended and distributed practices of knowing carbon emissions with the help of scholarship from the field of Science and Technology […]

Into more-than-human worlds: feeling wireless environments on the fringes of our perception

Adrian Mackenzie Wirelessness. Radical Empiricism in Network Cultures MIT Press Cambridge, MA & London, UK 2011 225 pages ISBN 978-0-262-01464-9   Introduction “In floating such an awkward term as wirelessness, I would invite readers to attend mostly to the suffix ness. Ness seems to me to do a better job than wireless of capturing the […]

Review, Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life

Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011 ISBN 978-0-262-04248-2 xiv+290 pages Last week I bought a bagel and drink from Einstein’s Bagels, a food outlet chain in the United States that specialises in such fare. I handed over my credit card and it was duly swiped – […]

Empty Internet

Review of The Filter Bubble, what the internet is hiding from you, Eli Pariser, NY/London: Penguin, 2011, 304 pages, ISBN 978-0670920389 The Filter Bubble pronounces, in populist terms, the agenda that software studies has been developing since the mid 1990s [1]: everything is governed, enframed and molded by software-mediated processes, while the systems/people creating and […]

Thinking Beyond the Brain: Educating and Building, from the Standpoint of Extended Cognition

We have the Technology In a widely reported article published recently in Science, 1 a series of experimental results were described which together indicate that, in an era of laptops, tablets, and smartphones that come armed with powerful Internet search engines, our organic brains often tend to internally store not the information about a topic, […]

Review: Programmed Visions: Software and Memory

by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun MIT Press, Cambridge, 2011 ISBN-10: 0-262-01542-0 224pages Immateriality earned its scare quotes in media studies. Consider Geert Lovink’s (2004) critique of vapor theory, Lisa Nakamura’s (2008) work on digital racial formations, Matthew Kirschenbaum’s (2008) notion of a medial ideology, Alexander Galloway’s (2004) emphasis on the material substrate of new media, […]

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    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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