I wish my machine were alive. I would like to kill it.
– Jerome J. McGann, The Textual Condition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991), p. 92.
My argument, then, is this: computers are unique in the history of writing technologies in that they present a premeditated material environment built and engineered to propagate an illusion of immateriality; the digital nature of computational representation is precisely what enables this illusion – or else call it a working model – of immaterial behavior.
– Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008), p. 135.