At "Still Searching", a blog of Fotomuseum Winterthur, there is an ongoing series called "The programmable Image" by Jonathan Beller who is Professor of Humanities and Media Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute. Taking Vilém Flusser's writings as a point of departure (especially Towards a philosophy of photography, originally published in german in 1983) he aims at developing his notion of the programmable image.
From the introduction to the series:
"Photography, the writing with light, has had at least as profound an impact on planetary life as linear writing. Arguably, photography creates a crisis for linear writing and its affordances including linear thinking and linear time. Today the photographic image has become inseparable from politics, semiotics, sociality, finance, the security state, and computation. Indeed actually existing planetary life presupposes photography, and one could say that globality consists of the complex interactivity that constitutes photography. Recently I have proposed the notion of the programmable image as a way of rethinking the geo-political relation between photography, computation, sociality, and political economy. Over the coming weeks I will endeavor to further develop and test this concept."