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Computing as writing

by Daniel Punday | 15 December 2015
Synopsis
This book examines the common metaphor that equates computing and writing, tracing it from the naming of devices (\u201cnotebook\u201d computers) through the design of user interfaces (the \u201cdesktop\u201d) to how we describe the work of programmers (\u201cwriting\u201d code). Computing as Writing ponders both the implications and contradictions of the metaphor.During the past decade, analysis of digital media honed its focus on particular hardware and software platforms. Daniel Punday argues that scholars should, instead, embrace both the power and the fuzziness of the writing metaphor as it relates to computing-which isn\u2019t simply a set of techniques or a collection of technologies but also an idea that resonates throughout contemporary culture. He addresses a wide array of subjects, including film representations of computing (Desk Set, The Social Network), Neal Stephenson\u2019s famous open source manifesto, J. K. Rowling\u2019s legal battle with a fan site, the sorting of digital libraries, subscription services like Netflix, and the Apple versus Google debate over openness in computing.Punday shows how contemporary authors are caught between traditional notions of writerly authority and computing\u2019s emphasis on doing things with writing. What does it mean to be a writer today? Is writing code for an app equivalent to writing a novel? Should we change how we teach writing? Punday\u2019s answers to these questions and others are original and refreshing, and push the study of digital media in productive new directions.
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Synopsis
This book examines the common metaphor that equates computing and writing, tracing it from the naming of devices (\u201cnotebook\u201d computers) through the design of user interfaces (the \u201cdesktop\u201d) to how we describe the work of programmers (\u201cwriting\u201d code). Computing as Writing ponders both the implications and contradictions of the metaphor.During the past decade, analysis of digital media honed its focus on particular hardware and software platforms. Daniel Punday argues that scholars should, instead, embrace both the power and the fuzziness of the writing metaphor as it relates to computing-which isn\u2019t simply a set of techniques or a collection of technologies but also an idea that resonates throughout contemporary culture. He addresses a wide array of subjects, including film representations of computing (Desk Set, The Social Network), Neal Stephenson\u2019s famous open source manifesto, J. K. Rowling\u2019s legal battle with a fan site, the sorting of digital libraries, subscription services like Netflix, and the Apple versus Google debate over openness in computing.Punday shows how contemporary authors are caught between traditional notions of writerly authority and computing\u2019s emphasis on doing things with writing. What does it mean to be a writer today? Is writing code for an app equivalent to writing a novel? Should we change how we teach writing? Punday\u2019s answers to these questions and others are original and refreshing, and push the study of digital media in productive new directions.
€32.19
96 Reward Points
Currently out of stock
Delivery 5-7 Days
Eligible for free delivery

Any purchases for more than €10 are eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK or Ireland!


Product Details

ISBN - 9780816697021
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Publisher -
Published - 15/12/2015
Categories - All, Books, Fiction, Literature, Literary Reference & Essays
No. of Pages - 232
Weight - 250
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Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 0
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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