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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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. Digitalpages.

Jessica rated it really liked it Jan 20, How do their interfaces and tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design? Barbara Poore rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Manovich beautifully synthesizes a significant part of his work as programmer, designer and digital animator, media artist, researcher and professor, helping to strengthen and expand the field of cultural studies of software, one of the taoes of his previous systematic analysis of the language of new media.

Olo rated it really liked it Mar sortware, Software, after all has gradually been infusing the practices of work, science, home life, communication, consumption, travel, and so on.

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

Welcome to the world of permanent change—the world that is now defined manobich by heavy industrial machines that change infrequently, but by software that is always in flux. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. We want to be able to test how our model would behave in different conditions with different data, and the last thing we want to do is for computer to introduce some new properties into the model that tskes ourselves did not specify.


Femmenace rated it really liked it Aug 06, Liga Felta rated it really liked it Feb 28, What happens to the idea of a ‘medium’ after previously media-specific tools have comamnd simulated and extended in software? International Texts in Critical Media Aesthetics.

However, we need to be careful not to lose sight of the fact that software is bound up in a whole suite of discursive and material practices and structures systems of thought, forms of knowledge, finance, political economies, governmentalities and legalities, materialities and infrastructures, practices, organisations and institutions, subjectivities and communities, places, marketplaces.

He persuasively argues that softwarization has led to the formation of a new ‘metamedium’ in which what were previously separate media, and already existing and not-yet-invented media, become fused.

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Software Takes Command

Hybridization and Evolution Chapter 3: What motivated developers in the s and s to create the concepts and techniques that now underlie contemporary applications like Photoshop, Softdare, and Final Cut? 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. Manovich’s book can help us avoid this pitfall.

Manovicb 30, Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing. Lev Manovich connects the dots of software society, from layers in Photoshop to layers of data, interpretation, and meaning. Software 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.

What electricity and combustion engine were to the early 20th century, software is to the early 21st century. Such arguments have been made in the nascent software studies literature for a number of years, with proponents suggesting th In Software Takes Command, Commabd Manovich provides a compelling account of how all forms of cultural media have become produced through software.


Refresh and try again. Dominic Smith rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Nor do I aim to discuss all new creative techniques it enables across different cultural fields. Today it is ubiquitous and taken for granted—and yet, surprisingly, few people know about its history and the theoretical ideas behind its development. Offering the the first theoretical and historical account of software for media authoring and its effects on the practice and the very concept of ‘media,’ Lev Manovich develops his own theory for this rapidly-growing, always-changing field.

Andrea tkaes it it was amazing Jun 23, Theo Anthony rated it really liked it Jan 13, No trivia or quizzes yet. A text on software studies, attempting to define Cultural Software.

Software has replaced a diverse array of physical, mechanical, and electronic technologies used before 21st century to create, store, distribute and interact with cultural artifacts. Lev Manovich connects the dots of software society, from layers in Photoshop to layers of data, interpretation, and meaning. Laura rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Lev Manovich answers these questions and supports his theoretical arguments by detailed analysis of key media applications such as Photoshop and After Effects, popular web services such as Google Earth, and the projects in motion graphics, interactive environments, graphic design and architecture.

It collects both the history of media’s softwarization in the ‘s and ‘s and the cultural development of a metalanguage of motion commanx in the ‘s. Heather Cole rated it really liked it Jul 03, It creates new strategies that together make up software epistemology. Behind these questions investigated in this book lie another theoretical question.

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