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    brenda's Avatar Reborn again BT Rep: +3
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    I found this very interesting..............

    Behind the Blip: Essays on the culture of software by Matthew Fuller15 November 2003
    NewScientist.com news service
    Mike Holderness
    Reviewed by Mike Holderness

    GIVEN how many people spend every working moment with software, surprisingly little is published about it as a cultural machine. Matthew Fuller, who teaches media design at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, is filling the void with Behind the Blip.

    The blip? That's you, as represented in your boss's payroll program and by the tax authorities. And behind the blip Fuller shows us that there are new ways of looking at the dataverse, as provided by the Web Stalker program that he helped to scrape together, and other efforts at subverting the searcher.

    Open-source software, he warns, is doomed while it merely replicates corporatethink-enforcing anti-desiring machines. He is illuminating, for example, on how the grammar-checker and ubiquitous templates in a certain word processor program set out to destroy intelligent or creative thought: real writers do plain text.

    Sometimes Fuller is pithily plain-spoken, and sometimes you'll want French Theorists for Beginners at your elbow. Everything he has to say is provoking, and you'll never see the computer you belong to in the same way again.

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    ........here is a link to an interview with Matthew Fuller
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    That fellow is one weird puppy. Browsing thru the links found the Gay Monitor List............. Strange !

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    Quote Originally Posted by brenda
    Open-source software, he warns, is doomed while it merely replicates corporatethink-enforcing anti-desiring machines. He is illuminating, for example, on how the grammar-checker and ubiquitous templates in a certain word processor program set out to destroy intelligent or creative thought: real writers do plain text.
    pish, what in hell is an anti-desiring machine?
    (a computer in menopause?)
    how is open source doomed? i dont get it....replicating corporate-think....ok....
    and some "real writers" still use pen & paper
    word processors w/ grammar checking is a good thing
    think about the office/workplace ffs......that was the whole point......
    Last edited by FKDUP74; 04-06-2005 at 12:13 PM.

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    peat moss's Avatar Software Farmer BT Rep: +15BT Rep +15BT Rep +15
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    Quote Originally Posted by FKDUP74
    pish, what in hell is an anti-desiring machine?
    (a computer in menopause?)
    how is open source doomed? i dont get it....replicating corporate-think....ok....
    and some "real writers" still use pen & paper
    word processors w/ grammar checking is a good thing
    think about the office/workplace ffs......that was the whole point......



    anti-desiring machine? = Wife !

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    Quote Originally Posted by peat moss
    anti-desiring machine? = Wife !
    you better hope she wasnt lookin over your shoudler
    oooh, or better yet, hope she doesnt have a keylogger installed on ya
    she could be just "playing dumb" about the PC stuff, biding her time...

    now that i got ya paranoid.....mornin' peat

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    Izagaia's Avatar Her angel of darkness
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    Quote Originally Posted by peat moss
    anti-desiring machine? = Wife !
    OUCH!

    Hope that you do not have a deathwish or anything, peat.


    There is a "natural order" or hierarchy in this crazy, mad, merry-go-round thing izzy calls "life".

    It goes:

    - da wife
    - God
    - and every other @#$?! in the universe


    And in that order. Abide by that simple template, and life is "creamcheese".
    Last edited by Izagaia; 04-06-2005 at 07:03 PM.

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