Adrian Mackenzie: Cutting Code: Software and Sociality (2006)

16 July 2009, dusan

“Software has often been marginalized in accounts of digital cultures and network societies. Although software is everywhere, it is hard to say what it actually is. Cutting Code: Software and Sociality is one of the first books to treat software seriously as a full-blown cultural process, and as a subtly powerful material in contemporary communication. From deCSS to Java, from Linux to Extreme Programming, this book analyses software artworks, operating systems, commercial products, infrastructures and programming practices. It explores social forms, identities, materialities and power relations associated with software, and it asks how software provokes the re-thinking of production, consumption and distribution as entwined cultural processes. Cutting Code argues that analysis of code as a mosaic of algorithms, protocols, infrastructures, and programming conventions offers valuable insights into how contemporary social formations invent new kinds of personhood and new ways of acting.”

Publisher Peter Lang, 2006
ISBN 0820478237, 9780820478234
215 pages

Keywords and phrases
bioinformatics, Linux kernel, Java Virtual Machine, deCSS, extreme programming, JUnit, operating system, Sun Microsystems, CORBA, open-source software, software art, Java programming language, ontology, software development, unit tests, Linus Torvalds, RAMOSS, source code, Perl poetry, Unix philosophy


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4 Responses to “Adrian Mackenzie: Cutting Code: Software and Sociality (2006)”

  1. augusto on January 27, 2014 12:45 am

    broken link

  2. dusan on January 27, 2014 10:26 am


  3. Roxy on December 16, 2019 7:32 pm

    Unfortunately the link to the file seems to be broken. Any chance this could be fixed?
    Thank you!

  4. dusan on December 16, 2019 7:45 pm


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