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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Does this mean that regardless of whether you are working on designing a space, creating special effects for a feature film, designing a web site, or making information graphics, your design process may follow the similar logic? First section of sofyware book introduction: My view is, however, that such translations need to be broader and more ambitious in their scope. Such arguments have been made in the nascent software studies literature for a number of years, with proponents suggesting that given the commanf to which software now conditions everyday life it deserves to be examined in its own right as a significant actant and theoretical category e.

Software, after all has gradually been infusing the practices of work, science, home life, communication, consumption, travel, and so on. Over the last two sofware, software has replaced most other media technologies that emerged in the 19th and 20th century.

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. Maiken rated it really liked it Jan 12, 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.

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. What I found most interesting or useful about this book was that it provided an novel perspective on the history of computing.


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Software Takes Command

Lev Manovich connects the dots of software society, from layers in Photoshop to layers of data, interpretation, and meaning. Is it still meaningful to talk about different mediums at all?

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

Barbara Poore rated it it was amazing Sep 07, I “When we use computers commznd simulate some process in the real world — the behavior of a weather system, the processing of information in the brain, the deformation of a car in a crash — our concern is to correctly model the necessary features of this process or system. 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.

This book is a theoretical account of media software and its effects on the practice and the very concept of media. 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, tkes interactive environments.

What motivated developers in the s and s to commqnd the concepts and techniques that now underlie contemporary applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Final Cut? However, we need to be careful not to lose sight of the fact that software is bound up in a whole suite of discursive and material practices and structures systems of thought, forms of knowledge, finance, political economies, governmentalities and legalities, materialities and infrastructures, practices, organisations and institutions, subjectivities and softwsre, places, marketplaces.


Maggie rated it did not like it Feb 18, 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 softwxre be a number of published volumes that discuss Photoshop and similar programs in some depth.

Software Takes Command by Lev Manovich

To see mnaovich your friends thought of this book, please sign up. We want to be able to test how our model would behave in different conditions with different data, and the last thing we want to do is for computer to introduce some new properties into the model that we ourselves did not specify.

More generally, how interfaces and the tools of media authoring software are shaping the contemporary aesthetics and visual languages of different media forms?

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Software is the agent of our every digital experience. Shruti rated it liked it Jul 21, Thanks to the practices pioneered by Google, the world is now used to run on web applications and yakes that have never been officially completed but remain forever remain in Beta stage. What is the intellectual history of media software? 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.

What was the thinking and motivations of the key people and research groups they were directing—J.