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Cybernetics, or The Digitization of the Social

Seb Franklin

in Control: Digitality as Cultural Logic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262029537
eISBN:
9780262331135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029537.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter examines the interdisciplinary field of cybernetics as an emblematic site for the movement of digital principles from specific, technical applications to imprecisely deployed metaphors. ... More


Control: Digitality as Cultural Logic

Seb Franklin

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262029537
eISBN:
9780262331135
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029537.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This book addresses the conditions of knowledge that make the concept of the “information economy” possible while at the same time obscuring its deleterious effects on material social spaces. In so ... More


Door Logic, or, the Materiality of the Symbolic: From Cultural Techniques to Cybernetic Machines

Bernhard Siegert

in Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823263752
eISBN:
9780823268962
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263752.003.0011
Subject:
Information Science, Communications

Doors are architectural media that function as cultural techniques because they operate the primordial difference of architecture—that between inside and outside—and at the same time reflect this ... More


Staging the OGAS, 1962 to 1969

Benjamin Peters

in How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262034180
eISBN:
9780262334198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034180.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Russian Politics

This chapter introduces the most prominent of the Soviet network projects: the All-State Automated System of Management (OGAS) Project, its lead visionary Viktor Glushkov, his team, and the ... More


Platform and Stack, Model and Machine

Benjamin H. Bratton

in The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262029575
eISBN:
9780262330183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029575.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter introduces The Stack model in detail. The Stack is a platform, and despite our familiarity with that word, we do not have sufficient understanding of platforms as technical and ... More


Trance Techniques, Cinema, and Cybernetics

Ute Holl

in Trance Mediums and New Media: Spirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823253807
eISBN:
9780823260966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the example of Bateson and Margaret Mead, who as anthropologists made use of photography and film to record Balinese characters and culture. They took pictures and shot films of ... More


The End of Skill?

Stanley Aronowitz and William DiFazio

in The Jobless Future: Second Edition

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816674510
eISBN:
9781452947594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816674510.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter assesses the implications of the computer and its applications for the present and future of work. Cybernetics is the most widely applied current means by which labor is being ... More


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