Now Available: Ethical Programs

by Kelly Witchen on September 30, 2015

We are happy to announce a new title from digitalculturebooks, Ethical Programs: Hospitality and the Rhetorics of Software by James J. Brown, Jr. This is the ninth book in our Digital Humanities Series.

Living in a networked world means never really getting to decide in any thoroughgoing way who or what enters your “space” (your laptop, your iPhone, your thermostat…your home). With this as a basic frame-of-reference, James J. Brown’s Ethical Programs examines and explores the rhetorical potential and problems of an hospitality ethos suited to a new era of hosts and guests. Brown reads a range of computational strategies and actors including the general principles underwriting the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), which determines how packets of information can travel through the internet, to the Obama election campaign’s use of the power of protocols to reach voters, harvest their data, incentivize and, ultimately, shape their participation in the campaign. In demonstrating the kind of rhetorical spaces networked software establishes and the access it permits, prevents, and molds, Brown makes a major contribution to the emergent discourse of software studies as a major component of efforts in broad fields including media studies, rhetorical studies, and cultural studies.

Ethical Programs is freely available to read online. Print copies of the book may be purchased from the University of Michigan Press.

James J. Brown, Jr., is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also teaches in the Digital Studies program. His teaching and research focus on rhetoric, writing, new media, and software studies.

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