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Programmed Visions: Software and Memory
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mit Pr
Publication date January 11, 2013
Pages 239
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780262518512
ISBN-10 0262518511
Dimensions 0.50 by 7 by 9 in.
Weight 0.92 lbs.
Original list price $22.00
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New media thrives on cycles of obsolescence and renewal: from celebrations of cyber-everything to Y2K, from the dot-com bust to the next big things -- mobile mobs, Web 3.0, cloud computing. In Programmed Visions, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun argues that these cycles result in part from the ways in which new media encapsulates a logic of programmability. New media proliferates "programmed visions," which seek to shape and predict -- even embody -- a future based on past data. These programmed visions have also made computers, based on metaphor, metaphors for metaphor itself, for a general logic of substitutability.

Chun argues that the clarity offered by software as metaphor should make us pause, because software also engenders a profound sense of ignorance: who knows what lurks behind our smiling interfaces, behind the objects we click and manipulate? The combination of what can be seen and not seen, known (knowable) and not known -- its separation of interface from algorithm and software from hardware -- makes it a powerful metaphor for everything we believe is invisible yet generates visible, logical effects, from genetics to the invisible hand of the market, from ideology to culture.



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from Mit Pr (April 29, 2011)
9780262015424 | details & prices | 239 pages | 7.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.22 lbs | List price $34.00
About: New media thrives on cycles of obsolescence and renewal: from celebrations of cyber-everything to Y2K, from the dot-com bust to the next big things -- mobile mobs, Web 3.
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Reprint edition from Mit Pr (January 11, 2013)
9780262518512 | details & prices | 239 pages | 7.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.92 lbs | List price $22.00
About: New media thrives on cycles of obsolescence and renewal: from celebrations of cyber-everything to Y2K, from the dot-com bust to the next big things -- mobile mobs, Web 3.

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