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Object-Orientated Ontology and the Computer Hacker

I'm busy burning through Graham Harman's Object Orientated Ontology and reflecting on it in different ways as informing on the phenomenology of computer hacking. This name for the concept "Object Orientated Ontology" needs some breaking down, and building up before we are ready to plug it into the hacking world. "You can prove it top-down and bottom-up" - Reg Dodds.

Object orientation in the programming language sense is a way of encapsulating a list of attributes by reference to a given atomic ultimately number-name. So it basically gives us the ability to stuff concepts of a certain kind into a black box that doesn't require our scrutiny at every second (potentially damaging the accuracy of engineering). We as a result have instead of a "real" or direct representation of that object in memory, we get what is essentially a number with which to refer to it.

In the sense of Harmon's work the "object" in  the term "Object Ori…