The central point of Chun’s argument is that computers (and media in general) rely upon a notion of programmability that has become part of the underlying societal logic of neoliberal capitalism. In a society where computers are tied ever more closely to power, Chun argues that canny manipulation of software restores a sense of control or sovereignty to individual users, even as their very reliance upon this software constitutes a type of disempowerment. Computers are the driving force and grounding metaphor behind an ideology that seeks to determine the future—a future that “can be bought and sold” and which “depends on programmable visions that extrapolate the future—or more precisely, a future—based on the past”
New Orleans publishes 911 call data but the file is huge. Many megabytes. 66 of them. You can’t open that in Calc (or Excel, but you guys: Calc is better. I swear this.). listeningpostnola wanted to know, roughly, what people are calling 911 about.