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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Be the first to ask a question about Software Takes Command. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Nor do I aim to discuss all new creative techniques it enables across different cultural fields.
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What I found most interesting or useful about this book was that it provided an novel perspective on the history of computing. What was the thinking and motivations of people who in the and s created concepts and practical techniques that underlie contemporary media software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, Final Cut and After Effects?
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What is the intellectual history of media software? 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. Thanks to the practices pioneered by Google, the world is now used to run on web applications and services that have never been officially completed but remain forever remain in Beta stage.
Instead, I will trace a particular path through this history that will ta A text on software studies, attempting to define Cultural Software.
Whilst Manovich is undoubtedly right that software is a key metamedium utilising new metalanguages that are reshaping cultural practices, the analytical framing adopted over-fetishizes code at the expense of its wider assemblage of production and use. And software is a quintessentially human artifact. A text on software studies, attempting to define Cultural Software. 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 conmand identifying how and when to take command of software myself.
As he notes, such studies are commanv with questions such as what is the nature of software? Roger Whitson rated it really liked it Oct 26, 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?
As I discovered—and I hope you will share my original surprise in reading my analysis of the original texts by these people—they were as much media theoreticians as computer engineers.
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 commsnd include some authoring and editing features. These software tools for creating, interacting with, and sharing media represent a particular subset of application software including web applications in general.
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.
Software Takes Command
Lev Manovich answers these mmanovich and supports his theoretical arguments by sofrware 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. How do these tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design?
Why should humanists, social scientists, media manovihc and cultural critics care about software? In Software Takes Command, Lev Manovich provides a compelling account of how all forms of cultural media have become produced through software. This is an essential book in the canon, still in formation, of software studies.
Mar 12, Kingsborough Library rated it liked it. Feb 11, Karkaim rated it really liked it Shelves: Digitalpages.
Maiken rated it really liked it Jan 12, Nevertheless, Software Takes Command is a very good starting point for such a journey. 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.
Scott Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing Jan 31, How do these tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design? Software, after all has gradually been infusing the practices of work, science, home life, communication, consumption, travel, and so on. What happens to the idea of a ‘medium’ after previously media-specific tools have been simulated and extended in software? Lev Manovich connects the dots of software society, from layers in Photoshop to layers of data, interpretation, and meaning.
Software Takes Command is a must for scholars, designers, technologists, and artists concerned with contemporary media and digital culture.
Further, given the partial and provisional nature of software – always being updated and patched, always processing data – he contends that software produces a world of permanent change and flux. 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,’ the author of The Language of New Media develops his own theory for this rapidly-growing, always-changing field.