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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This is because his proposed approach is quite narrowly framed. Florian rated it really liked it Jul 28, You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.
What I found most interesting or useful about this book was that it provided an novel perspective on the history of computing.
Software Takes Command
Maggie rated it did not like it Feb 18, 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.
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 commznd create, store, distribute and access cultural artifacts.
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.
Mar 30, Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing. 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. Heather Cole rated it really liked it Ssoftware 03, Jessica rated it really liked it Jan 20, You have to have balls to wonder about the intellectual, philosophical, epistemological and conceptual origins of the software we use every day…This work is thus a secret history by neglect rather than conspiracy of the culture of software.
It will be interesting to see such translations being made and for the theory to be fleshed out as it encounters new scenarios and phenomena. What motivated developers in the s and softwxre to create the concepts and techniques that now underlie contemporary applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Final Cut? Femmenace rated it really liked it Aug 06, Book information from Bloomsbury Academic.
What electricity and combustion engine were to the early 20th century, software is to the early 21st century. It has become our interface to manoviich 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. Open Preview See a Problem?
This long-researched book, which synthesizes critical theory, human-computer interaction, and media history as well as newer approaches from the digital sofhware, allows software to take its place as a commanding element in our conversations about computers, and how we work, play, learn, and create.
An excellent projection on contemporary digital culture, media remix, and computer history. Is it still meaningful to talk about different mediums at all?
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, manobich, and create. 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?
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.
More generally, how interfaces and the tools of media authoring software are shaping the contemporary aesthetics and visual languages of different media forms? The fact that it is intangibleyou can’t reach out and touch itis the least interesting thing about it. Software in Action Chapter 5. Lev Manovich answers these questions through detailed analysis of key media applications such as Photoshop and After Effects, popular web services such as Google Earth, and milestone projects in design, motion graphics, and interactive environments.
Are there some structural features which motion graphics, graphic designs, web sites, product designs, buildings, and video games share since they are all designed with software? You are likely to know the names of Renaissance artists who popularized the manovicn of linear perspective in western art Brunelleschi, Alberti or early 20th centuries inventors of modern film language D.
Instead, I will trace a particular path through this history that will ta A text on software studies, attempting to define Cultural Software. This new book from the celebrated author of The Language of New Media is the first manovidh offer a rigorous theory of the technology we all use daily – software for media authoring, access, and sharing.
Software Takes Command by Lev Manovich
In so doing, he contends: Instead, I will trace a particular path through this history that will take us from to today and which will pass through some of its most crucial points. How do their interfaces and tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Such arguments have been made in the nascent software studies literature for a number of years, with proponents suggesting th In Software Takes Command, Lev Manovich provides a compelling account of how all forms of cultural media have become produced through software.
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. 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.
Andrea rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Feb 11, Karkaim rated it really liked it Shelves: Is it still meaningful to talk about different mediums at all? What is the intellectual history of media software?
Lev Manovich – Software Takes Command
How do these tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design? Rachele rated it liked it Oct 07, Is it still meaningful to talk about different mediums at all?
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Barbara Poore rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Software Takes Command by Lev Manovich. Software is the agent of our every digital experience. If it does not manvoich a single final answer to its catalyzing question, it is only because the use of ‘media after software’ is a cultural phenomenon in which we are still neck deep.
These software tools for creating, interacting with, and sharing media represent a particular subset of application software including web applications in general. It collects both the history of media’s softwarization in the ‘s and ‘s and the cultural development of a metalanguage of motion graphics in the ‘s.
Today it is ubiquitous and taken for granted—and yet, surprisingly, few people know about its history and the theoretical ideas behind its development.
But besides Manovich’s work, there is amnovich 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.