Computational Culture

a journal of software studies

Issue Four Archive

The Issue Four archive
containes 12 entries

Algorithmic Thought: a review of Contagious Architecture by Luciana Parisi

Review of Contagious Architecture, computation, aesthetics and space The MIT Press, Cambridge MA ISBN: 9780262018630 392 pp. 22 b&w illustrations March 2013 From the start, in Contagious Architecture, the proposition is this: uncertainty and incomputability are intrinsic to computation. Looking for ways of accounting for a new digital space composed of ‘alien rule’ and ‘internal […]

Re-collecting the Museum

Review of Re-collection. Art, New Media, and Social Memory by Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 2014 Re-collection. Art, New Media, and Social Memory by Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito asks the question of how our increasingly digital civilisation will persist beyond our lifetimes. The authors focus on the preservation of new […]

Review of Reverse Engineering Social Media

Review of Gehl, Robert W. Reverse Engineering Social Media: Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2014. The Wikipedia article “Criticism of Facebook” was created in August 2007. What was once a few paragraphs about privacy and the risks of posting illicit photographs, is, seven years later, a massive […]

How Crucial is Rawness? Review of Raw Data is an Oxymoron by Lisa Gitelman (Ed.)

Reaview of “Raw Data” is an Oxymoron, ed. Lisa Gitelman, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2013 As part of the Infrastructures series edited by Geoffrey Bowker and Paul N. Edwards, and with a provocative and engaging title that addresses what the editor of the book, Lisa Gitelman, defines in her acknowledgements as the emerging field of […]

Lost in a Maze of Code

review of: Nick Montfort, Patsy Baudoin, John Bell, Ian Bogost, Jeremy Douglass, Mark C. Marino, Michael Mateas, Casey Reas, Mark Sample, and Noah Vawter 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2013. Pages: 328 ISBN: 978-0262018463 Ok, it’s fun, but writing a lengthy article like this for that … Wait, a […]

On Creativity and Calculation: Attempts at and Rejections of Formal Definitions of Creativity

Review of Computers and Creativity Editors: Jon McCormack and Mark d’Inverno Berlin: Springer, 2012. 430 p. 96 illus., 51 illus. in color. ISBN 978-3-642-31727-9 A popular fable goes like this: on May 11th 1997, when a computer called Deep Blue beat the world champion Gary Kasparov in a six-game chess match, researchers in artificial intelligence […]

Review of “Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet” and “This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information”

Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet by Julian Assange with Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jeremie Zimmerman, OR Books, New York, 2013 ISBN 978-1-939293-00-8 This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information by Andy Greenberg. Virgin Books, London, 2012 When our imaginary relationship to our conditions […]

Peer-to-Peer Protesting: Evading the Police Kettle

Review of the Sukey app:   Since the WTO protests in Seattle and in particular the 2003 Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting in Miami Florida, police agencies around the world have assembled a set of practices and protocols to constrain and immobilize political protestors. Dubbed the Miami Model of protest policing […]

The Googlization of Google

Review of Siva Vaidhyanathan. The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry). University of California Press March 2011 280 pp. ISBN: 9780520258822   The literature on Google has exploded in the last few years. To the extend of my overview, much of it falls into two categories. The first treats Google as the paradigmatic […]

Review of: Networks Without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media

Review of, Geert Lovink, Networks Without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media Polity Press, London, 2011. Every couple of weeks, when I walk into a bookstore (or rather, click through, I am confronted with a rather massive amount of new books with keywords in their titles ranging from “network”, “web”, “internet”, “social media”, […]

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