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. Lev Manovich, Software Takes Command, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, , extends the work of “software studies” called for by Manovich () .

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Shruti rated it liked it Jul 21, Today it is ubiquitous and taken for granted—and yet, surprisingly, few people know about its history and the theoretical ideas behind its development.

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 we will see, the theoretical ideas of these people and their collaborators turn to work very well today, helping us to better understand contemporary software we use to create, read, view, remix, and share.

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.

Indeed, as I read the text I started to sketch out a potential project tracing how maps have become software, producing a genealogy of geospatial media. How do these tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design?

Camilla Crescini rated it really liked it Jan 07, I have called my earlier book-length account of the new cultural forms enabled by computerization The Language of New Media. Roger Whitson rated it really liked it Oct 26, Software is the agent of our every digital experience. Welcome to the world of permanent change—the world that is now defined not by heavy industrial machines that change infrequently, but by software that is always in flux.


Ccommand with This Book. Is it still meaningful to talk about different mediums at all? Andrea rated it it was amazing Jun 23, How do these tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design? 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.

The fact that it is intangibleyou can’t reach out and touch itis the least interesting thing about it.

Software Takes Command

Dominic Smith rated it it was amazing Aug 15, 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.

What is the intellectual history of media software? Matthias rated it really liked it Nov 17, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

It has become our interface to the world, to others, to our memory and our imagination comjand a universal language through which the world speaks, and a universal engine on which the world runs.

What electricity and combustion engine were to the early 20th century, software is to the early 21st century. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

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 projects in motion graphics, interactive environments, graphic design and architecture.


Software Takes Command by Lev Manovich

It creates new strategies that together make up software epistemology. In this work Giedion traces the development of mechanization in industrial society across a number of domains, including systems of hygiene and waste management, fashion, agricultural production, and food system, with separate sections of the book devoted to bread, meat and refrigeration.

What was the thinking and motivations of people who in the and s created concepts and practical commad that underlie contemporary media software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, Final Cut and After Effects? More generally, how interfaces and the tools of com,and authoring software are shaping the contemporary aesthetics and visual languages of different media forms?

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. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. Comman do their interfaces and tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design?

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. Manovich’s work contributes as it unveils some of the invisible labour involved in media production hidden in the softwarization process, and deepens our understanding of the changing practices and aesthetics.

And software is a quintessentially human artifact.