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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Laura rated it it was amazing Jan 10, 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, and how we work, play, learn, and create.
Over the last two decades, software has replaced most other media technologies that emerged in the 19th and 20th century. Software Takes Command is trying to understand what is, not what ought or ought not to be… Given [software’s] enormous significance for contemporary visual culture, one would expect there to be a number of published volumes that discuss Photoshop and similar programs commanr some depth.
Is it co,mand meaningful to talk about different mediums at all? Software in Action Chapter 5.
In so doing, he contends: I will discuss their media theories and test them in view of the digital media developments in the subsequent decades. Software is the agent of our every digital experience. Camilla Crescini rated it really liked it Jan 07, It was completed in Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Why should humanists, social scientists, media scholars and cultural critics care about software?
Instead, I will trace a particular path through this history that will ta A text on software studies, attempting to define Cultural Software. What motivated developers in the s and s to create the concepts and techniques that now underlie contemporary applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Final Cut?
Software is the agent of our every digital experience. 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 corollaries of his previous systematic analysis of the language of new media.
Andrea rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Books by Lev Manovich. Olo rated it really liked it Mar 10, 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.
Lev Manovich – Software Takes Command
What electricity and combustion engine were to the early 20th century, software is to the early 21st manivich. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Book information from Bloomsbury Academic. What electricity and combustion engine were to the early 20th century, manovih is to the early 21st century.
Software Takes Command
When you play a video game, explore an interactive installation in a museum, design a building, create special effects for a feature film, design a web site, use a mobile phone to read a movie review or to view the actual movie, and sovtware out thousands of other cultural activities, in practical takrs, you are doing the same thing—using software.
First section of the book introduction: But besides Manovich’s work, there is preciously little…One can therefore only hope that Software Takes Command inspires others to take the approach to new domains and different types of software…Lev Manovich shows us how this could be done — and this is why Software Takes Command is such an important book. Hybridization and Evolution Chapter 3: 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.
Theo Anthony rated it really liked it Jan 13, 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, and how we work, play, learn, and create.
You can order the book on Amazon. Scott Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing Jan 31, The greatest value of Software Takes Command is that it helps frame the history and nature of software in a way that makes me more confident in identifying how and when to take command of software myself.
Maiken rated it really liked it Jan 12, 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 xoftware in motion graphics, interactive environments, graphic design and architecture.
Nazmul Ahmed Noyon rated it really liked it Jul 07, Media software also includes web browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, email and chat programs, news readers, and other types of software applications whose primary focus is accessing media content although they sometimes also include some authoring and editing features.
Manovich’s book can help us avoid this pitfall. In education, the danger is that software will begin to dictate pedagogy rather than the other way around.
Through a theoretical analysis of the computer as cultural metamedium and a probing history of ‘media software’ such Photoshop and After Effects, among others, this is essential reading for anyone interested in how software has changed how we work, create, and perceive the world. Software Takes Command is a must for scholars, designers, technologists, and artists concerned with contemporary media and digital culture.
This question drives the book narrative and motivates my choice of topics. My view is, however, that such translations need to be broader and more ambitious in their scope.
Today it is ubiquitous and taken for granted—and yet, surprisingly, few people know about its history and the theoretical ideas behind its development. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.
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