Computational Culture

a journal of software studies

Review Archive

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containes 29 entries

Notes from the Digital Underground: Cyber Illegalism and the New Egoists

Review of: Misha Glenny, DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011; ISBN 978-0-307-70055-1 202 pages Joseph Menn, Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet New York: PublicAffairs, 2010; ISBN 978-1-58648-907-6 305 pages Kevin Poulsen, Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar […]

Review of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile

Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile by Eden Medina MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. November 2011 ISBN 0-262-01649-4 312pages Chile’s Cybersyn project has long needed a thorough, critical history, and now we have one. Eden Medina’s carefully researched book lays out the project’s origins, structure and struggles as a “case study for better understanding […]

Working Towards a Definition of the Philosophy of Software

review of David M. Berry. The Philosophy of Software: Code and Mediation in the Digital Age. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. ISBN 978-0-230-24418-4 200 Pages   Everyday life relies heavily on networked technologies that allow for a wide range of actions to take place, from the management of medical devices to the withdrawal of money from […]

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 Eli Pariser, The Filter Bubble, what the internet is hiding from you NY/London: Penguin, 2011; ISBN 978-0670920389 304 pages 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 […]

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, […]

Cybernetics in Action

Review of, Andrew Pickering, The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future The University of Chicago Press, 536pp, May 2010, ISBN 978-0-226-66789-8   “By rehearsing the history of cybernetics […]”, Andrew Pickering writes, “I have tried to convey my conviction that there is another way of understanding our being in the world, that it makes sense, […]

The Plane of Obscurity — Simulation and Philosophy

Review of, Manual DeLanda, Philosophy and Simulation, the emergence of synthetic reason London, Continuum, 2011 ISBN 1441170286 240 Pages   Manual DeLanda has been best known as a significant figure in the introduction of the works of Gilles Deleuze to the English speaking world with numerous examples of scientific phenomenon. Such an approach presents Deleuze […]

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