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There is no Software, there are just Services

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Book Series: Digital Cultures ISBN: 9783957960559 9783957960566 Year: DOI: 10.14619/008 Language: English
Publisher: meson press
Subject: Media and communication
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Is software dead? Services like Google, Dropbox, Adobe Creative Cloud, or Social Media apps are all-pervasive in our digital media landscape. This marks the (re)emergence of the service paradigm that challenges traditional business and license models as well as modes of media creation and use. The short essays in this edited collection discuss how services shift the notion of software, the cultural technique of programming, conditions of labor as well as the ecology and politics of data and how they influence dispositifs of knowledge.

Ferocious Logics: Unmaking the Algorithm

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ISBN: 9783957961419 Year: Pages: 172 DOI: 10.14619/1402 Language: English
Publisher: meson press
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Contemporary power manifests in the algorithmic. And yet this power seems incomprehensible: understood as code, it becomes apolitical; understood as a totality, it becomes overwhelming. This book takes an alternate approach, using it to unravel the operations of Uber and Palantir, Airbnb and Amazon Alexa. Moving off the whiteboard and into the world, the algorithmic must negotiate with frictions—the ‘merely’ technical routines of distributing data and running tasks coming together into broader social forces that shape subjectivities, steer bodies, and calibrate relationships. Driven by the imperatives of capital, the algorithmic exhausts subjects and spaces, a double move seeking to both exhaustively apprehend them and exhaust away their productivities. But these on-the-ground encounters also reveal that force is never guaranteed. The irreducibility of the world renders logic inadequate and control gives way to contingency.

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Production --- Alexa --- Relationships --- Body --- Subjectivity --- Subject --- Algorithm --- Airbnb --- Labor --- Space --- Contingency --- Capital --- Uber --- Productivity --- Palantir

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