Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 169. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2020-07-16 12:24:15+00:00 From: Michael Black
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.166: strata of abstraction & their influence? Hello Willard, Niels Brügger uses the idea of "web strata" in several of his studies to discuss the overlapping influences/histories of languages, sites, communities, technologies, etc. Here is where he introduces the framework: Brügger, Niels. "Website history and the website as an object of study." New Media & Society 11, no. 1-2 (2009): 115-132. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1461444808099574 Best, Mike Black On 7/15/2020 4:34 AM, Humanist wrote: > This e-mail originated from outside the UMass Lowell network. > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 166. > Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London > Hosted by King's Digital Lab > www.dhhumanist.org > Submit to: email@example.com > > > > > Date: 2020-07-15 08:23:52+00:00 > From: Willard McCarty > Subject: strata of abstraction and their influence? > > In their book Forensic Discovery (2004), Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema > note that, > >> Over time, computer systems have become more and more complex. As >> seen by the user, systems become increasingly mature and stable. >> Under the surface, however, computer systems have become less and >> less predictable regarding when and where they store information, and >> how they recycle storage space. > > They use metaphors of archaeology ("the direct effects from human > activity, such as artifacts that are left behind") and geology > ("autonomous processes that humans have no direct control over") to > describe what digital forensics explores when probing the implemented > 'layers of abstraction' or layers of system architecture. I suspect > these metaphors have considerable leverage, but finding the literature > in which 'digital archeology' and 'digital geology' are applied to > computing systems rather than to the disciplines of archaeology and > geology respectively is difficult. I would very much appreciate > references to sources that use the archaeological and geological > metaphors to describe investigation of the strata of computing systems > for evidence of their shaping influence, despite the pretense that by > taking another or a different step back from the machine anything > thinkable can be implemented. > > Many thanks. > > Yours, > WM > > > > > -- > Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), > Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College > London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews > (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) -- Michael L. Black, PhD (he/him) Assistant Professor of English University of Massachusetts Lowell http://mblack.us/ _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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