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- DescriptionAdvocates of computers make sweeping claims for their inherently transformative power: new and different from previous techlogies, 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 'all the way down' - that there is part of the apparent techlogical transformation that is t 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 'computationalism' - an ideology that informs our thinking t just about computers, but about ecomic and social trends as sweeping as globalization. Driven by a programmer's kwledge 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.
- Author BiographyDavid Golumbia is Assistant Professor of English, Media Studies, and Linguistics at the University of Virginia.
- Author(s)David Golumbia
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication17/04/2009
- SubjectComputing: General
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Weight567 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With printed dust jacket
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