Computational Culture

a journal of software studies

Issue Six Archive

The Issue Six archive
containes 17 entries

Scenario Theory, review of Benjamin H. Bratton, The Stack: on Software and Sovereignty

MIT Press, Cambridge MA: ISBN 9780262029575 502 pp 2016 An ambitious author in the field of new media has to confront the shelf-life problem, the possibility, if not probability, that their theoretical insights might be overlooked as the currency of their objects, almost inevitably, expire. One way to address this problem is to consider how […]

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. […]

Interface poetics A review of Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound by Lori Emerson.

Review of Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound, by Lori Emerson University of Minnesota Press, Minnesota ISBN: 9780816691265 232 pages, 41 b&w photos 2014 In his review of the iPhone 6 for The Guardian, the writer, broadcaster, comedian and “Twitter personality” Stephen Fry expressed all kinds of awe and wonderment at the […]

Memorious Histories of Open Circuits

A review of Beautiful Data, a history of vision and reason since 1945 by Orit Halpern Duke University Press, 2014.   Cybernetics poses questions to history and historiography. It is consequential then for a book on the history of cybernetics, like this one, to embrace the circuitous method of its object of research. Sentences are […]

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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