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Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies
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Publisher Mit Pr
Publication date September 30, 2009
Pages 482
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780262013437
ISBN-10 0262013436
Dimensions 1.50 by 7.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 2.10 lbs.
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Original list price $36.95
Other format details university press
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What matters in understanding digital media? Is looking at the external appearance and audience experience of software enough -- or should we look further? In Expressive Processing, Noah Wardrip-Fruin argues that understanding what goes on beneath the surface, the computational processes that make digital media function, is essential.

Wardrip-Fruin looks at "expressive processing" by examining specific works of digital media ranging from the simulated therapist Eliza to the complex city-planning game SimCity. Digital media, he contends, offer particularly intelligible examples of things we need to understand about software in general; if we understand, for instance, the capabilities and histories of artificial intelligence techniques in the context of a computer game, we can use that understanding to judge the use of similar techniques in such higher-stakes social contexts as surveillance.

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from Mit Pr (September 30, 2009)
9780262013437 | details & prices | 482 pages | 7.50 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 2.10 lbs | List price $36.95
About: What matters in understanding digital media?
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from Mit Pr (February 10, 2012)
9780262517539 | details & prices | 482 pages | 6.75 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.62 lbs | List price $34.95
About: From the complex city-planning game SimCity to the virtual therapist Eliza: how computational processes open possibilities for understanding and creating digital media.

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