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Defiant Programming: The Culture of Easter Eggs and its Fandom
Unformatted Document Text:  STUDENT PAPER Defiant Programming: The Culture of Easter Eggs and its Fandom Abstract Easter eggs are secrets, wormholes, jokes and other features hidden in products created using code. While some view Easter eggs, which have long been celebrated by programmers and fans, as amusing diversions which are ultimately frivolous and wasteful, this paper proposes that Easter eggs should be examined as a cultural phenomenon, relevant to today’s debates on the concept of authorship in digital media, programming and its relationship to commercial culture, and questions of virtual community. While Easter eggs are not as provocative or influential as other technocratic guerrilla tactics, such as viruses or hacking, this paper positions Easter eggs as a way for both programmers and consumers of the Easter eggs to “make do” (De Certeau, 1984)with the materials which surround them in their daily life, to carve out a space for themselves where there is seemingly no possibility for such a space to exist.

Authors: Temkin, Einat.
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STUDENT PAPER
Defiant Programming: The Culture of Easter Eggs and its Fandom
Abstract
Easter eggs are secrets, wormholes, jokes and other features hidden in products created
using code. While some view Easter eggs, which have long been celebrated by
programmers and fans, as amusing diversions which are ultimately frivolous and
wasteful, this paper proposes that Easter eggs should be examined as a cultural
phenomenon, relevant to today’s debates on the concept of authorship in digital media,
programming and its relationship to commercial culture, and questions of virtual
community. While Easter eggs are not as provocative or influential as other technocratic
guerrilla tactics, such as viruses or hacking, this paper positions Easter eggs as a way for
both programmers and consumers of the Easter eggs to “make do” (De Certeau,
1984)with the materials which surround them in their daily life, to carve out a space for
themselves where there is seemingly no possibility for such a space to exist.


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