Unlike Us #2: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives
Session 4: Software Matters
David M. Berry (UK) - Thinking Software: Realtime Streams and Knowledge in the Digital Age
Conference Day 2: March 10 2012 Amsterdam, 11.00 – 12.30
As software/code increasingly structures the contemporary world, curiously, it also withdraws, and becomes harder and harder for us to focus on as it is embedded, hidden, off-shored or merely forgotten about. The challenge is to bring software/code back into visibility so that we can pay attention to both what it is (ontology/medium), where it has come from (media archaeology/genealogy) but also what it is doing (through a form of mechanology), so we can understand this ‘dynamic of organized inorganic matter’. In this talk I want to present some of the questions raised by thinking about software/code but also to explore some of the implications of code/software for critically understanding social media and more broadly for knowledge and the university itself.