Close to the machine: technophilia and its discontents
A candid account of the life of a software engineer who runs a computer consulting business out of her live-work loft in San Francisco's multimedia gulch. Immersed in the abstract world of information, algorithms, and networks, she would like to give in to the seductions of the programmer's world where "weird logic dreamers" like herself live "close to the machine." Still, she is keenly aware that body and soul are not mechanical: desire, love, and the need to communicate face to face don't easily fit into lines of code or clicks in a Web browser. She finds she cannot ignore the social and philosophical repercussions of her work.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kiparsky - LibraryThing
This is not a book about software or engineering or the economics of highly-portable information and fluid capital. This is a good storyteller telling stories which have to do with those things and ... Read full review
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Computers offer a cool alternate reality. Programming takes one into a transcendental zone like mathematics, where reality is symbolic and gritty human particulars don't matter. Programmers are ... Read full review