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Computing as Writing

Daniel Punday


Writing has long been used as a metaphor to understand computing. From the virtual desktop of modern operating systems to the way we name portable devices (the notebook computer, the iPad), writing provides a seemingly inevitable model for computing. This book explores the implications and contradictions of this metaphor. Writing not only provides a way to think about the operation of the computer, it also embodies the way that we think about the work that we do on the computer (programmers “writing code”) and how the often muddy line between our home and work life today. In the last decade, s ... More

Keywords: Computing, Writing, Patent, Library, Composition, Invention, Authorship, Digital media, Literature, Archive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816696994
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816696994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Punday, author
Purdue University Calumet