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Nick Montfort is Professor of Digital Media at MIT. He is the author of
Patsy Baudoin works independently as a translator and developmental editor.
John Bell is Assistant Professor of Innovative Communication Design at the University of Maine.
Ian Bogost is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, and the coauthor of
Jeremy Douglass is a postdoctoral researcher in software studies at the University of California, San Diego, in affiliation with Calit2.
Mark C. Marino is Professor of Writing at the University of Southern California, where he directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab. He is a coauthor of
Michael Mateas is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Casey Reas is Professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA and coauthor of
Mark Sample is Associate Professor of English at George Mason University.
Noah Vawter is a sound artist.
A single line of code offers a way to understand the cultural context of computing.
This book takes a single line of code—the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the title—and uses it as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing and the way computer programs exist in culture. The authors of this collaboratively written book treat code not as merely functional but as a text—in the case of 10 PRINT, a text that appeared in many different printed sources—that yields a story about its making, its purpose, its assumptions, and more. They consider randomness and regularity in computing and art, the maze in culture, the popular BASIC programming language, and the highly influential Commodore 64 computer.
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