<What Is Code?>
I enjoyed how Ford’s article portrayed programming as a culture in its own right, with its array of social groups and their diverse norms, values, and personality traits. It made code and its functions more accessible and developed my understanding by addressing misconceptions about the medium. It also showed me the power that coders have over much of our world as our public sphere becomes increasingly digitized.
I liked that many parts of the article contained inside jokes for other coders about programming culture even though I could not understand them, because they gave me a sense of the richer vernacular, traditions, and understandings that the culture contains. It gave me an incentive to learn more about code and hopefully appreciate the article at a deeper level. It was also impressive how the interactivity of code was demonstrated in the medium of the article itself. The use of multimedia, the structure of the article, and the satirical tone of the writing kept the content from getting boring or seeming repetitive.