Java:the virtuality of Internet programming

Mackenzie, Adrian (2006) Java:the virtuality of Internet programming. New Media and Society, 8 (3). pp. 441-466. ISSN 1461-7315

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Abstract

The general equation between the virtual and new media which prevailed during much of the 1990s is now openly regarded as untenable. Yet another sense of the virtual remains operative in the eventfulness of new media as cultural-technological processes. This article analyses the practices of ‘the virtual’ at work in the production, circulation and representation of the internet programming language and software platform, Java. Drawing from recent theories of post-social relationality (Shields, Lister et al., Massumi), it describes slippages in Java that trigger divergent, ongoing, generative transformations. Examining the circulation, interpretations, coding practices, branding and implementation of Java, the article suggests that a notion of practical virtuality as ongoing incompleteness can help to explain the dynamism of new media as open-ended cultural-technical relationalities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: New Media and Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3312
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 63095
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Mar 2013 14:02
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 08:12
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/63095

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