The Philosophy of Software: Code and Mediation in the by David M. Berry

By David M. Berry

This publication is a serious creation to code and software program that develops an knowing of its social and philosophical implications within the electronic age. Written particularly for individuals attracted to the topic from a non-technical heritage, the ebook presents a full of life and engaging research of those new media kinds.

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As a result, by visualizing clustered patterns across the text’s 900 pages of repetitions… This discovery provides a new key for reading the text as a circular text with two corresponding halves, which substantiates and extends the critical perspective that Making is neither inchoate nor chaotic, but 26 The Philosophy of Software a highly systematic and controlled text. , 2008). I wouldn’t want to overplay the distinction between patterns and narrative as differing modes of analysis, indeed, patterns implicitly require narrative in order to be understood, and it can be argued that code itself consists of a narrative form that allows databases, collections and archives to function at all.

Relying on technology in a more radically decentred way, depending on technical devices to fill in the blanks in our minds and to connect knowledge in new ways, would change our understanding of knowledge, wisdom and intelligence itself. It would be a radical decentring in some ways, as the Humboldtian subject filled with culture and a certain notion of rationality, would no longer exist, rather, the computational subject would know where to recall culture as and when it was needed in conjunction with computationally available others, a just-in-time cultural subject, perhaps, to feed into a certain form of connected computationally supported thinking through and visualised presentation.

6 This is where a phenomenology of code, or more accurately a phenomenology of computation, allows us to understand and explore the ways in which code is able to structure experience in concrete ways. By following the code and its textuality and structure, we can focus on the pragmata of code and hence on its materiality. The second entry point into understanding code is that computer code is manufactured and this points us towards the importance of a political economy of software. 7 It is a slow, time-consuming and often painful activity that is full of mistakes, trial-and-error testing, etc.

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