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Cultural Logic of Computation

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ISBN-10: 0674032926

ISBN-13: 9780674032927

Edition: 2009

Authors: David Golumbia

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Advocates of computers make sweeping claims for their inherently transformative power: new and different from previous technologies, they are sure to resolve many of our existing social problems, and perhaps even to cause a positive political revolution.In The Cultural Logic of Computation, David Golumbia, who worked as a software designer for more than ten years, confronts this orthodoxy, arguing instead that computers are cultural ldquo;all the way downrdquo;-that there is no part of the apparent technological transformation that is not shaped by historical and cultural processes, or that escapes existing cultural politics. From the perspective of transnational corporations and governments, computers benefit existing power much more fully than they provide means to distribute or contest it. Despite this, our thinking about computers has developed into a nearly invisible ideology Golumbia dubs ldquo;computationalismrdquo;-an ideology that informs our thinking not just about computers, but about economic and social trends as sweeping as globalization.Driven by a programmerrsquo;s knowledge of computers as well as by a deep engagement with contemporary literary and cultural studies and poststructuralist theory, The Cultural Logic of Computation provides a needed corrective to the uncritical enthusiasm for computers common today in many parts of our culture.
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

David Golumbia is Assistant Professor of English, Media Studies, and Linguistics at the University of Virginia.

The Cultural Functions of Computation
Computationalism and Cognition
Chomsky's Computationalism
Genealogies of Philosophical Functionalism
Computationalism and Language
Computationalist Linguistics
Linguistic Computationalism
Cultural Computationalism
Computation, Globalization, and Cultural Striation
Computationalism, Striation, and Cultural Authority
Computationalist Politics
Computationalism and Political Individualism
Computationalism and Political Authority
Epilogue: Computers without Computationalism
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index