[NetBehaviour] Critical Code Studies

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Sun Apr 10 15:43:14 CEST 2011

The book excited me - until the usual mess - it's _marked down_ to $50 
USD, out of reach for most of us -

On Sun, 10 Apr 2011, Rob Myers wrote:

> I don't know about that group but you might like Dave Berry's new book,
> Which I will be reviewing for Furtherfield soonish -
> The Philosophy of Software
> Code and Mediation in the Digital Age
> David M. Berry
> http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=395958
> "The Philosophy of Software is a critical introduction to the subject of
> code and software, and develops an understanding of its social and
> philosophical implications in the digital age. The book has been written
> specifically for people interested in the subject from a non-technical
> background and provides a lively and interesting analysis of these new
> media forms. Software is a tangle, a knot, which ties together the
> physical and the ephemeral, the material and the ethereal, into a
> complete system that can be controlled and directed. However, software
> exceeds our ability to place limits on its entanglement, for it has in
> the past decade entered the everyday home through electronic
> augmentation that has replaced the mechanical world of the twentieth
> century. From washing machines to central heating systems, children's
> toys to television and video; the old electro-magnetic and
> servo-mechanical world is being revolutionised by the silent logic of
> virtual devices. It is time, therefore, to examine our virtual situation."

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