Behind The Blip Essays On The Culture Of Software

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A far-reaching and strikingly original collection of essays on the "culture of software" by new-media critic Matthew Fuller. Behind the Blip looks at the many ways in which the ostensibly neutral user interfaces, search engines, "intelligent agents," and word processors that are now part of our everyday life are actively reshaping the way we look at and interact with the world.
"While most institutions are still trying to figure out what to do with 'new media,' some of the best of new-media artists and theorists have already moved on to the next paradigm: the study of software culture. Matthew Fuller's excellent collection is the first monograph in this emerging field. Combining solid understanding of theory and modern art history with the groundbreaking practical work in software culture, Fuller brilliantly analyzes the tools which we all use everyday to interface with the world and each other: Web browsers,search engines, word processors. What Fuller gives us is not just a usual book of theory but rather a kind of software--a 'critical help system' to help us understand what is really going on behind the menu and the windows of our computer screens."
--Dr. Lev Manovich, Visual Arts Department, University of California,San Diego; author of The Language of New Media (MIT Press)

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"A compelling hybrid… sci-fi style merged with hard-edged software criticism from the perspective of a very dissatisfied customer." -- Critical Art Ensemble

Matthew Fuller is Reader in Media Design at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. As a member of the group I/O/D and collaborator with the group Mongrel, he participated in some of the key experiments in software that ground this book. He is the author of ATM (Shake Editions) and co-editor of Readme! ASCII Culture and the Revenge of Knowledge (Autonomedia).

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"A compelling hybrid… sci-fi style merged with hard-edged software criticism from the perspective of a very dissatisfied customer." -- Critical Art Ensemble

Matthew Fuller is Reader in Media Design at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. As a member of the group I/O/D and collaborator with the group Mongrel, he participated in some of the key experiments in software that ground this book. He is the author of ATM (Shake Editions) and co-editor of Readme! ASCII Culture and the Revenge of Knowledge (Autonomedia).

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"A compelling hybrid… sci-fi style merged with hard-edged software criticism from the perspective of a very dissatisfied customer." -- Critical Art Ensemble

Matthew Fuller is Reader in Media Design at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. As a member of the group I/O/D and collaborator with the group Mongrel, he participated in some of the key experiments in software that ground this book. He is the author of ATM (Shake Editions) and co-editor of Readme! ASCII Culture and the Revenge of Knowledge (Autonomedia).

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