Behind the Blip: essays on the culture of software

Fuller, Matthew. 2003. Behind the Blip: essays on the culture of software. New York: Autonomedia. ISBN 1570271399 [Book]

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There are two questions which I would like to begin with. First,
what kind of critical and inventive thinking is required to take the
various movements in software forward into those areas which are
necessary if software oligopolies are to be undermined? But further,
how are we to develop the capacity for unleashing the unexpected
upon software and the certainties which form it?
Second, what currents are emerging which demand and incorporate
new ways of thinking about software?
One of the ways to think about this problem is to imagine it as
a series of articles from a new kind of computer magazine.1 What
would happen if writers about computers expanded their horizons
from the usual close focus on benchtests and bit-rates? What would
happen if we weren’t looking at endless articles detailing the functionality
of this or that new version of this or that application?
What if we could think a little more broadly—beyond the usual
instructional articles describing how to use this filter or that port?
What, for instance, would it mean to have a fully fledged “software

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