Computational Culture

a journal of software studies

Out of Bounds: Language limits, language planning, and the definition of distance in the new spaces of linguistic capitalism

Software challenges us to re-inscribe what we comprehend as inscription. And, most importantly, software challenges us to understand new forms of technological politics and new practices of political invention, legibility and intervention that we are only just beginning to comprehend as political at all … These orderings – written down as software – are becoming […]

habit + crisis = update, somehow. A review of Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Review of, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts ISBN: 9780262034494 264 pages, 44 b&w photos 2016 In the first few pages of Wendy Hui Kyong Chun’s Updating to Remain the Same, Chun evokes Lauren Berlant’s Cruel Optimism (2011), particularly Berlant’s articulation of everyday political ways […]

“Speculative Environmentality”, review of Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet

Jennifer Gabrys Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2016 ISBN 978-0-8166-9312-2 xii+357 pages   A certain wonder at human attempts in the last century to explore outer space (Sputnik; Armstrong’s landing on the moon) might well be part of your historical or long term […]

Review of Archaeology of Algorithmic Artefacts, by David Link

Minneapolis: Univocal, 2016 ISBN 978-1-937561-04-8 236 pages, 102 b&w photos In a world of superabundant information and advanced technology it can be jarring to remember how much knowledge has been and is forever being lost. We suppose that the historical record is accumulating around us like Wikipedia or the Web itself, and then we realize […]

Poisoned Fruit: Booby-Trapped “Privacy Guides” as State-Sponsored Propaganda — A Case Study of Obfuscation

Review of, Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum, Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest The MIT Press ISBN9780262029735 136 pages 2015   Our starting point is an attempt at explicating a seemingly innocuous, irrelevant, or even perhaps just trivially banal question: why does a book about obfuscation, which co-authors Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum […]

Ctrl Episteme, a review of ‘Control: Digitality as a Cultural Logic’, by Seb Franklin,

MIT Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780262029537 240 pp. 11 b&w illustrations Computers (or the Internet) did not inaugurate, what Deleuze called, ‘control societies’1. Most of the efforts to theorize society following the advent and proliferation of computers have nonetheless, focused on the socio-economic changes associated with new technologies. Following Deleuze, the desire and frequency for periodization, […]

The Uses and Users of Social Media Data Mining. A review of Post, Mine, Repeat. Social Media Data Mining Becomes Ordinary by Helen Kennedy

Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke ISBN: 978-1-137-35397-9 262 pages, 15 illustrations in colour With Post, Mine, Repeat (2016), Helen Kennedy offers a critical contribution to public debates about datafication, the uses and ethics of social media data mining and a report on a number of research projects that she has conducted with colleagues over the last years. […]

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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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