publication . Article . 2005

Digital music and subculture: Sharing files, sharing styles (originally published in February 2004)

Sean Ebare;
Open Access English
  • Published: 04 Jul 2005 Journal: First Monday (issn: 1396-0466, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Illinois at Chicago University Library
Digital music and subculture: Sharing files, sharing styles by Sean Ebare In this paper I propose a new approach for the study of online music sharing communities, drawing from popular music studies and cyberethnography. I describe how issues familiar to popular music scholars — identity and difference, subculture and genre hybridity, and the political economy of technology and music production and consumption — find homologues in the dynamics of online communication, centering around issues of anonymity and trust, identity experimentation, and online communication as a form of "productive consumption." Subculture is viewed as an entry point into the analysis of...
free text keywords: Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Networks and Communications, Law, Online participation, Hybridity, Multimedia, computer.software_genre, computer, Digital audio, Computer science, Popular music, Cyberculture, Digital media, business.industry, business, Music industry, Social dynamics
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