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Ira's last posting appears as a comment — I can't quite get this program to put eveyone on as writers!  But Ira's posting is too important to be hidden in the commentary, so here it is.  Ira writes,

Here’s a rather large and “undisciplined” leap.

Rather than define the blurring with disciplinary-based (and very high-level) binaries: “designer and artist, author and designer…” I’d suggest going a level lower and argue that code (the medium to manipulate electricity) blurs the line separating natural language and mathematical language. This binary seems to be the key dilimiter, dividing not only our brains but our universities and beyond. The binary also seems to subjugate other formal language systems: we define visual or aural language in terms of analytical and/or narrative structures. A work of art reflects this bifurcation-e.g. a geometric 2D pictorial structure anchors an expressive figurative narrative. Integration happens only though explicit organization. Natural language systems seem to sacrifice rigidity for mutability, while mathematical systems employ an opposite strategy.

Code has the potential to be an integrated language system, functioning both as an analytically and narratively expressive medium. So yes, I’d say Cooper may be right.

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