Software Takes Command by Lev Manovich is licensed under a Creative. Commons Software, or the Engine of Contemporary Societies. Title: Software Takes Command. Publisher: Bloomssbury Academic. Publication date: July 4, Length: , words. pages. 30 illustrations. In the conclusion to Software Takes Command, Manovich writes “any summary of a ,word book of theoretical arguments can’t cover all important points”.

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My view is, however, that such translations need to be broader and more ambitious in their scope. Manovich’s work contributes as it unveils some of the invisible labour involved in media production hidden in the softwarization process, and deepens our understanding of the changing practices and aesthetics. Martin Wattenberg, Software Artist and Scientist.

Software Takes Command

Per leggere Manovich risulta utile infatti mettere nella propria cassetta degli attrezzi concetti quali quelli di affordance di Donald Norman e di agency di Bruno Latour. Software Takes Command – new book by Lev Manovich. Laura rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Rachele rated it liked it Oct 07, Unlike previous technologies, software can push back into our worlds in unprecedented ways. Florian rated it really liked it Jul 28, It has become our interface to the world, to others, to our memory and our imagination – a universal language through which the world speaks, and a universal engine on which the world runs.

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Software Studies Initiative: Software Takes Command – new book by Lev Manovich

Over the last two decades, software has replaced most manovkch media technologies that emerged in the 19th and 20th century. Maggie rated it did not like it Feb 18, Software in Action Chapter 5. Nevertheless, Software Takes Command is a very good starting point for such a journey. And software is a quintessentially human artifact.


Mar 01, Ian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Such arguments have been made in the nascent software studies literature for a number of years, with proponents suggesting that given the extent to which software now conditions everyday life it deserves to be examined in its own right as a significant actant and theoretical category e.

Femmenace rated it really liked it Aug 06, This book will try to convince you that such an examination is very much worth your time. Licklider, Ivan Sutherland, Ted Nelson, Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, Nicholas Negroponte—who between and late s created most concepts and practical techniques that underlie today’s media applications?

It collects both the history of media’s softwarization in the ‘s and taked and the cultural development of a metalanguage of motion graphics in the ‘s. Welcome to the world of permanent change—the world that is now defined not by heavy industrial machines that change infrequently, but by software that is always in flux.

As we will see, the theoretical ideas of these people and their collaborators turn to work very well today, helping us to better understand contemporary software we use to create, read, view, remix, and share. In education, the danger is that software will begin to dictate pedagogy rather than the other way around. This new book from the celebrated author of The Language of New Media is the first to offer a rigorous theory of the technology we all use daily – software for media authoring, access, and sharing.

Open Preview See a Problem? Return to Book Page. You have to have balls to wonder about the intellectual, philosophical, epistemological and conceptual origins of the software we use every day…This work is thus a secret history by neglect rather than conspiracy of the culture of software.

This long-researched book, which synthesizes critical theory, human-computer interaction, and media history as well as newer approaches from the digital humanities, allows software to take its place as a commanding element in our conversations about computers, takws how we work, play, learn, and create. Is it still meaningful to talk about different mediums at all?


This question drives the book narrative and motivates my choice of topics. Is it still meaningful to talk about different mediums at all?

Software Takes Command by Lev Manovich

Roger Whitson rated it really liked it Oct 26, Heather Cole rated it really liked it Jul 03, Does this mean that regardless of softwae you are working on designing a space, creating special effects for a feature film, designing a web site, or making information graphics, your design process may follow the similar logic? Taks was the thinking and motivations of people who in the and s created concepts and practical techniques that underlie contemporary media software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, Final Cut and After Effects?

Because outside of certain cultural areas such as crafts and fine art, software has replaced diverse array of physical, mechanical, and electronic technologies used before 21st century to create, store, distribute and access cultural artifacts. If it does not provide a single final answer to its catalyzing question, it is only because the use of ‘media after software’ is a cultural phenomenon in which we are still neck deep.

Dominic Smith rated it it was amazing Aug 15, In this work Giedion traces the development of mechanization in industrial society across a number of domains, including manoviich of hygiene and waste management, fashion, agricultural production, and food system, with separate sections of the book devoted to bread, meat and refrigeration.

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