Thought you'd all like to know about this new book from MIT Press - Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life, by Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge.
This pdf gives some more detail on Code/Space, including the table of contents and the opening chapter.
From the MIT website:
After little more than half a century since its initial development, computer code is extensively and intimately woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. From the digital alarm clock that wakes us to the air traffic control system that guides our plane in for a landing, software is shaping our world: it creates new ways of undertaking tasks, speeds up and automates existing practices, transforms social and economic relations, and offers new forms of cultural activity, personal empowerment, and modes of play. In Code/Space, Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge examine software from a spatial perspective, analyzing the dyadic relationship of software and space. The production of space, they argue, is increasingly dependent on code, and code is written to produce space.
Examples of code/space include airport check-in areas, networked offices, and cafs that are transformed into workspaces by laptops and wireless access. Kitchin and Dodge argue that software, through its ability to do work in the world, transduces space. Then Kitchin and Dodge develop a set of conceptual tools for identifying and understanding the interrelationship of software, space, and everyday life, and illustrate their arguments with rich empirical material. And, finally, they issue a manifesto, calling for critical scholarship into the production and workings of code rather than simply the technologies it enablesa new kind of social science focused on explaining the social, economic, and spatial contours of software.
About the Authors
Rob Kitchin is Professor of Human Geography and Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at the National University of Maynooth, Ireland.
Martin Dodge is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchesters School of Environment and Development.