Linked by Ersin Akinci on Wed 7th Apr 2010 17:24 UTC
Internet & Networking Websites for over a decade have been transitioning to the Model-View-Controller paradigm, separating data from formatting and user interaction in their code bases. Unfortunately, this has meant not only the end of ugly early 90's vintage Geocities pages, but also of the era of digital, or more specifically computeral craftsmanship. The future of computers will depend on those artists, scholars, and programmers who can reunify content with format and remake programming as an art.
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Comment by antwarrior
by antwarrior on Thu 8th Apr 2010 09:41 UTC
antwarrior
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2006-02-11

Ersin, I actually liked the article. It is a bit long, though, but nice job. One small thing ( actually it's quite big). "Computeral" - What on earth does this word mean?

The word only appears twice in the article, in the heading and in the first paragraph and then only 3,290 google hits with no hint of definition. Could you please use more ..uhm... accessible language in your titles next time. That is the only caveat. I look forward to more articles from you.

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RE: Comment by antwarrior
by earksiinni on Thu 8th Apr 2010 17:11 in reply to "Comment by antwarrior"
earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

Thanks very much, antwarrior. To answer your question, "computeral" is a term I've coined to replace "digital" in a lot of cases where "digital" really isn't cutting it. By computeral, I mean something that is computer-like in its essence, in the same way we might say that a song is a form of oral communication or a book is literary (the root word for both "literary" and "literal" having to do with the same root for our word "letter", i.e. it is intrinsically related to letters and glyphs). Often times we talk about digital technology or digital formats, but I think that often using "digital" is an abuse of the term, which really implies something about the technical aspect (i.e., zeros and ones, or digits) without really touching on what's obvious to everyone, that these things are unique to computers and only make sense in the context of computers. It wouldn't make much sense to write out an MP3 file on paper in binary or hex, and yet "digital" kind of connotes that.

I probably should have included a more thorough explanation in the article, but as you said it was already growing long and so I only briefly alluded to it having to do with the "essence" or "soul" of a computer. I also included a link to an entry on my blog, http://www.whatdigitalrevolution.com/?p=108, where I first coined the term.

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