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Speaking Code Coding As Aesthetic and Political Expression

ISBN-10: 0262018365
ISBN-13: 9780262018364
Edition: 2012
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Description: Speaking Code begins by invoking the "Hello World" convention used by programmers when learning a new language, helping to establish the interplay of text and code that runs through the book. Interweaving the voice of critical writing from the  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/9/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 168
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Speaking Code begins by invoking the "Hello World" convention used by programmers when learning a new language, helping to establish the interplay of text and code that runs through the book. Interweaving the voice of critical writing from the humanities with the tradition of computing and software development, in Speaking Code Geoff Cox formulates an argument that aims to undermine the distinctions between criticism and practice and to emphasize the aesthetic and political implications of software studies. Not reducible to its functional aspects, program code mirrors the instability inherent in the relationship of speech to language; it is only interpretable in the context of its distribution and network of operations. Code is understood as both script and performance, Cox argues, and is in this sense like spoken language--always ready for action. Speaking Code examines the expressive and performative aspects of programming; alternatives to mainstream development, from performances of the live-coding scene to the organizational forms of peer production; the democratic promise of social media and their actual role in suppressing political expression; and the market's emptying out of possibilities for free expression in the public realm. Cox defends language against its invasion by economics, arguing that speech continues to underscore the human condition, however paradoxical this may seem in an era of pervasive computing.

Geoff Cox is Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics and Communications at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Franco Bifo Berardi: Franco Berardi, better-known in the United States as "Bifo," is an Italian autonomist philosopher and media activist. One of the founders of the seminal Radio Alice, a notorious pirate radio station that became the voice of the student movement in Italy throughout the 1970s, Bifo is the author of multiple works of theory including the recently-published The Soul at Work (Semiotexte 2009) and "The Post-Futurist Manifesto."

Alex McLean is a Research Fellow at ICSRiM (the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music) at the University of Leeds, a live coder, and software artist.

Series Foreword
Foreword: Debt, Exactness, Excess
Preface
Double Coding
Coding subject
Coding expression
Introduction
Vocable Code (co-written with Alex McLean)
Coding language
Grammars-Notation-Indeterminism Coding speech
Machines-Intelligence-Embodiment Code act
Speech act-Vocable Synthesis-Excess
Code Working
Code in-itself
Emergence-Computation-Voice Coding work
Valorization-Property-Self-organization Code action
Virtuosity-Performativity-Recomposition
Coding Publics
Public domain
Purification-Ownership-Freedoms Public networking
Inequities-Control-Exits
Public for-itself
Recombination-Reciprocity-Autonomy
Code for-Itself
Execution
Negation
Coda
Notes
References
Index

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