Computational Culture

a journal of software studies

Index Issue Three

Editorial for Issue Three Articles Michael Castelle, Relational and Non-Relational Models in the Entextualization of Bureaucracy Evelyn Ruppert, Not just another database: the transactions that enact young offenders Anne Helmond, The Algorithmization of the Hyperlink Taina Bucher, Objects of Intense Feeling: The Case of the Twitter API Reviews Thor Magnusson, On Creativity and Calculation: Attempts […]

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 http://10print.org/ 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 […]

Not just another database: the transactions that enact young offenders

Abstract The paper draws on Annemarie Mol’s study of how a disease is a multiply enacted entity in the hospital to analyse how an electronic management information system (MIS) enacts subjects and populations as multiples. Its focus is the specificities of a MIS used by youth offending teams in England and Wales to join up […]

Editorial Issue Three

With the rapid ascent of Big Data – always the capitals – into the vapour clouds of overheated, media-saturated publicity, and its condensation into the steady drip, drip of the recent Snowden leaks, questions about the generation, storage and processing of data have become a matter of concern for many. The thoughts and anxieties of […]

The Algorithmization of the Hyperlink

Abstract This study looks at the history of the hyperlink from a medium-specific perspective by analyzing the technical reconfiguration of the hyperlink by engines and platforms over time. Hyperlinks may be seen as having different roles belonging to specific periods, including the role of the hyperlink as a unit of navigation, a relationship marker, a […]

Relational and Non-Relational Models in the Entextualization of Bureaucracy

Abstract To what can we ascribe the commercial dominance and organizational ubiquity of relational databases in the 1990s and early 2000s? By integrating perspectives from classical sociological theory, the history of administrative computing, and linguistic anthropology with papers and proceedings from the nascent database research community, this paper argues that the success of relational databases […]

Objects of Intense Feeling: The Case of the Twitter API

Introduction The past decade has seen a staggering rise of social media – online services that facilitate social interaction between its users. We live and breathe social media, as services like Facebook and Twitter have not only become household names, but something like actual households themselves – places people choose to live and socialize. Whilst […]

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 […]

Critical Codes – from forkbomb to brainfuck

Speaking Code: Coding as Aesthetic and Political Expression Text by Geoff Cox, code by Alex McLean, and foreword by Franco “Bifo” Berardi MIT Press, 2013. Speaking Code is a book about language – and in particular, the languages of digital technology. The notion of the programming “language” has always acted as a provocation to critical […]

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