December 2, 2007

From Command Lines to Software Studies

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin · , 8:19 am
Command Lines illustration

November’s last week marked two major milestones for Jeremy Douglass, of GTxA neighborhood blog Writer Response Theory. First, on Tuesday, he posted his recently-accepted dissertation, “Command Lines: Aesthetics and Technique in Interactive Fiction and New Media.” I’m digging in to this document right now, planning to cite some of Jeremy’s work on the aesthetics of breakdown in my forthcoming book.

Next, on Thursday, Jeremy got a UCSD ID card issued. I’m happy to report that he did this after accepting a postdoctoral research position to work with Lev Manovich and yours truly as part of UCSD’s new Software Studies initiative. As it’s described in the online announcement, Jeremy will be working with us “to develop models and tools for the cultural criticism of software, establish the [Software Studies] field as a compliment to existing research in cyberculture and new media, and investigate how next generation cyberinfrastructure technologies can be used by humanists, social scientists, and cultural practitioners.”