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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This question drives the book narrative and motivates my choice of topics. In addition, it provides the theoretical framework necessary for a discussion of these histories and for future developments in media software.

In that sense, it can be considered as uncritical. What happens to the idea of a ‘medium’ after previously media-specific tools have been simulated and extended in software?

Manovich beautifully synthesizes a significant part of his work as programmer, designer and ocmmand animator, media artist, researcher and professor, helping to strengthen and expand the field of cultural studies of software, one of the corollaries of his previous systematic analysis of the language of new media. Is it still meaningful to talk about different mediums at all? This website uses cookies to improve user experience. A text on software studies, attempting to define Cultural Software.

What was the thinking and motivations of people who in the commane s created concepts and practical techniques that underlie contemporary media software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, Final Cut and After Effects? In education, the danger is that manovicy will begin to dictate pedagogy rather than the other way around.

Software Takes Command

You are likely to know the names of Renaissance artists who popularized the use of linear perspective in western art Brunelleschi, Alberti or early 20th centuries inventors of modern film language D.

Manovich’s work contributes as it unveils some of the eoftware labour involved in media production hidden in the softwarization process, and deepens our understanding of the changing practices and aesthetics. Through a theoretical analysis of the computer as cultural metamedium and a probing history of ‘media software’ such Photoshop and After Effects, among others, this is essential reading for anyone interested in how software has changed how we work, create, and perceive the world.

Stef rated it liked it Manofich 24, We want to be able to test how our model would behave in different conditions with different data, and the last thing we want to do is for computer to introduce some new coommand into the model that we ourselves did not specify. Software is the agent of our every digital experience.


What electricity and combustion engine were to the early 20th century, software is to the early 21st century. It will be interesting to see such translations being made and for the theory to be fleshed out as it encounters new scenarios and phenomena.

Nevertheless, Software Takes Command is a very good starting point for such a journey. And software is a quintessentially human artifact. Software has replaced a diverse array of physical, mechanical, and electronic technologies used before 21st century to create, store, distribute and interact with cultural artifacts.

Lists with This Book. You can order the book on Amazon. What happens to the idea of a ‘medium’ after previously media-specific tools have been simulated and extended in software? Software has replaced a diverse array of physical, mechanical, and electronic taakes used before 21st century to create, store, distribute and interact with cultural artifacts. Andrea rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Scott Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing Jan 31, I will discuss their media theories and test them in view of the digital media developments in the subsequent zoftware. First section of the book introduction: In Software Takes Command, Lev Manovich provides a compelling account of how all forms of cultural media have become produced through software.

Maggie rated it did not like it Feb 18, 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.

To ask other readers questions about Software Takes Commandplease sign up. International Texts in Critical Media Aesthetics. What was the thinking and motivations of the key people and research groups they were directing—J. Software has become our interface to the world, to others, to our memory and our imagination—a universal language through which the world speaks, and a universal engine on which the world runs. Mar 12, Kingsborough Library rated it liked it.

Olo rated it really liked it Mar 10, Software Takes Command is a must for scholars, designers, technologists, and artists concerned with contemporary media and digital culture. How do these tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design?


Software Takes Command by Lev Manovich

Karl Erickson rated it really liked it Jul 06, Per leggere Manovich risulta utile infatti mettere nella sofyware cassetta degli attrezzi concetti xoftware quelli di affordance di Donald Norman e di agency di Bruno Latour. 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,’ Lev Manovich develops his own theory for this rapidly-growing, always-changing field. Camilla Crescini rated it takss liked it Jan 07, As I discovered—and I hope you will share my original surprise in reading my analysis of the original texts by these people—they were as much media theoreticians as computer commannd.

Roger Whitson rated it really liked it Oct 26, Why should humanists, social scientists, media scholars and cultural critics care about software? In this work Giedion traces the development of mechanization in industrial society across a number of domains, including systems of hygiene and waste management, fashion, agricultural production, and food system, with separate sections of the book devoted to bread, meat and refrigeration.

Software in Action Chapter 5. More generally, how interfaces and the tools of media authoring software are shaping the contemporary aesthetics and visual languages of different media forms?

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. 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.

Matthias rated it really liked it Nov 17, Is it still meaningful to talk about different mediums at all? Software, after all has gradually been infusing the practices of work, science, home life, communication, consumption, travel, and so on.