[…] Focusing on computer source code, along the lines of Critical Code Studies […]]]>
The essay is now online in ebr. See the link from the post above.]]>
[…] I was particularly interested in what the respondent, Mark Marino, had to say. He introduced to MLA to his concept of Critical Code Studies, which follows some of the paths that Michael and I did in writing about obfuscated code and esoteric language, some of the same paths that other authors who contributed to the Software Studies handbook have pursued. (Look for the ebr article on CCS soon.) Mark was the only one to actually discuss a famous program, although it was a “Hello World” example in Lisp - not a very extensive program. John’s writerly approach to code is great from the standpoint of the literary arts, but I don’t see that it can be the basis of a new critical approach to code, helping us understand Eliza, Adventure, bpNichol’s First Screening, Racter, Bad Machine, or even John’s own The Speaking Clock and Translation. My own sense is that the discussion of code will be much easier and more productive once we start to actually discuss interesting, important, and influential computer programs and the code in which they are written, rather than mainly appealing to the concept of code in the abstract. […]]]>
Noah and Julian,
I had to post a bit before the actual publication of the article.
ebr is timing the publication to coincide with the MLA talk. I have the link but did not want to preempt their publication schedule. Once they have published the essay, I will update the post with a direct link, though you should have no trouble finding it through the ebr portal at that time.
If you have any trouble at that point, please let me know.]]>
Yes, I suspect that this post may have gone live on WRT before all the info got filled in. There’s not yet the ebr link or the name of the final MLA panelist… In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing the essay when it appears!]]>