In an afternoon session at HASTAC II, a panel comprised of Lev Manovich, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Anne Helmond, Nick Montfort, Tristan Thielmann, and Jeremy Douglass discussed different aspects of the emerging field of software studies. By looking at everything from blogging to Google Maps software, the panelists argued for the importance of studying culture through software specifics. Such research seeks to approach society through everything from code to the underlying platforms that both enable and constrain particular modes of media production. For more on UCSD's software studies initiative, look here.
Patrick Jagoda (Duke University)