BRATTON, Benjamin H.
The Stack. On Software and Sovereignty
This book is both technical and theoretical. It is unapologetically interdisciplinary in perspective and its project; it is a work of political philosophy, and architectural theory, and software studies, and even science fiction. It draws links between technologies, places, processes, and cultures that may exist at different scales but which are also deeply interrelated. In this criscross, we observe that ''computation'' does not just denote machinery; it is planetary-scale infrastructure that is changing not only how governments govern, but also what governance even is in the first place. Computation is a logic of culture, and so also a logic of design.
[from the preface]
Published by MIT Press, 2015
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