Software Takes Command by Lev Manovich is licensed under a Creative. Commons Software, or the Engine of Contemporary Societies. Title: Software Takes Command. Publisher: Bloomssbury Academic. Publication date: July 4, Length: , words. pages. 30 illustrations. In the conclusion to Software Takes Command, Manovich writes “any summary of a ,word book of theoretical arguments can’t cover all important points”.

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Offering the the first theoretical and historical account of software for media authoring and its effects on the practice and the very concept of ‘media,’ the author of The Language of New Media develops his own theory for this rapidly-growing, always-changing field.

Further, given the partial and provisional nature of mmanovich – always being updated takss patched, always processing data – he contends that software produces a world of permanent change and flux.

Software Takes Command

Laura rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Whilst Manovich is undoubtedly right that software is a key metamedium utilising new metalanguages that are reshaping cultural practices, the analytical framing adopted over-fetishizes code at the expense of its wider assemblage of production and use.

Dominic Smith rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Ocmmand Design Conclusion Index.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Media software also includes web browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, email and chat programs, news readers, and other types of software applications whose primary focus is accessing media content although they sometimes also include some authoring and editing features.

Is it still meaningful to talk about different mediums at all? Rachele rated it liked it Oct 07, Instead, I will trace a particular path through this history that will ta A text on software studies, attempting to define Cultural Software.

I will discuss their media theories and test them in view of the digital media developments in the subsequent decades. What was the thinking and motivations of people who in the and s created concepts and practical techniques that underlie contemporary media software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, Final Cut and After Effects? Software Takes Command – new book by Lev Manovich.


Camilla Crescini rated it really liked it Jan 07, This book is a theoretical account of media software and its effects on the practice and the very concept of media. These programs enable creation, publishing, sharing, and remixing of images, moving image sequences, 3D designs, texts, maps, interactive elements, as well as various combinations of these elements such as web sites, interactive applications, motion graphics, virtual globes, and so on.

David rated it it was ok Nov 22, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Software Studies Initiative: Software Takes Command – new book by Lev Manovich

It will be interesting to see such manovicb being made and for the theory to be fleshed out as it encounters new scenarios and phenomena. Software Takes Command is a must for scholars, designers, technologists, and artists concerned with contemporary media and digital culture.

Refresh and try again. This is an essential book in the canon, still in formation, commanr software studies. As I discovered—and I hope you will share my original surprise in reading my analysis of the original texts by these people—they manovch as much media theoreticians as computer engineers. Such arguments have been made in the nascent software studies literature for a number of years, with proponents suggesting that given the extent to which software now conditions everyday life it deserves to be examined in its own right as a significant manovlch and theoretical category e.

This is because his proposed approach is quite narrowly framed. As he notes, such studies are concerned with questions such as what is the nature of software? This book will try to convince you that such an examination is very much worth your time. Lev Manovich answers these questions through detailed analysis of key media applications such as Photoshop and After Effects, popular web services such as Google Earth, and milestone projects in design, motion graphics, and interactive environments.


Maiken rated it really liked it Jan 12, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Software Takes Command is trying to understand what is, not what ought or ought not to be… Given [software’s] enormous significance for contemporary visual culture, one would expect there to be a number of published volumes that discuss Photoshop and similar programs in some depth. Software is the agent of our every digital experience.

For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Matthias rated it really liked it Nov 17, What is the intellectual history of media software?

By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. What I found most interesting or useful about this book was that it provided an novel perspective on the history of computing. What electricity and combustion manovifh were to the early 20th century, software is to softawre early 21st century.

Olo rated it really liked it Mar 10, Mar 30, Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing. When you play a video game, explore an interactive installation in a museum, design a building, create special effects for a feature film, design a web site, use a mobile phone to read a movie review or to view the actual movie, and carry out thousands of other cultural activities, in practical terms, you are doing the same thing—using software.

Software Takes Command is a must for scholars, designers, technologists, and artists concerned with contemporary media manoich digital manovifh.

Manovich’s book can help us avoid this pitfall. In addition, it provides the theoretical framework necessary for a discussion of these histories and for future developments in media software. And software is a quintessentially human commnad.