30.9.07

winter is coming

and it sounds like this:

depth error: please reflect

29.9.07

mCaL qAEDA™

supersize me.

we should all use the words 'young', 'kids' and 'taboo' more often, it might increase our google search results (albeit within particular demographics).

'gently caress' is pretty good too (it actually reminds me a bit of ghey).
also, i want my cats on lolsectretz.
this news about thepudding gave me the heebie-jeebies, especially this part:
"free" voip, with an invasive catch - it uses voice-recognition software to serve you ads based on the conversation you're having. In some ways, it can be likened to Google scanning your Gmail messages for keywords used to send you targeted advertisements.
there's also this nation article about google.


breakcore, dead on arrival.

26.9.07

mediadefender-defenders vii

please see here,
here, here, and finally
here.

25.9.07

linguaphone monagahan

my friend and colleague dr. condron passed this mp3 on to me (it's also here); it's a fine example of contrasting speech genres, like the distinction i'm making in the thesis between coprolalia and shitlessness. in this example the binary is compounded: 'cuntyhooks mcardle'/'kevin myers', as shitless/coprolalic, is: english/irish, middle class/working class, urban/rural, and presumably protestant/catholic also. shitlessness is an elaborate paraphrase, the coprolalic is local. the coprolalic is pithy and evocative, the shitless is long-winded and patronising, and so on. the theme is from radio 4, but i can't place it more precisely than that. hear for yourself:
linguaphone monagahan
now let's go to commercial.

24.9.07

nice report here on drm and the erosion of privacy.

also, some great stuff here on that old 'the state of the record industry' chestnut.

below, from reddit.com, a picture of a gb of memory 20 years ago, beside 1 gb today:

grinded

properly.

carnal decay: where is the fucking hospital



23.9.07

busted

mediadefender's saaf and herrera arrested:
Saaf and Herrera will be arraigned next week on 10,00,324 charges of illegal uploading with intent to deceive, bandwidth theft, and grievous misrepresentation.

on the basis of the leaked emails, the pirate bay has filed charges against:
Twentieth Century Fox, Sweden AB
Emi Music Sweden AB
Universal Music Group Sweden AB
Universal Pictures Nordic AB
Paramount Home Entertainment (Sweden) AB
Atari Nordic AB
Activision Nordic Filial Till Activision (Uk) Ltd
Ubisoft Sweden AB
Sony Bmg Music Entertainment (Sweden) AB
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic AB

21.9.07

farce

from agoravox:

The corporate movie industry, raking in more money than it’s ever made before, claims it’s being ruined by counterfeiters and file sharers, using imaginative assertions as an excuse for invading classrooms and disrupting lessons.

The MPAA’s MPA has already polluted Singapore schools with Illegal File-Sharing: The Risks Aren’t Worth It brochures which, as p2pnet pointed out at the time, were being fronted by something called the HIP Honour IP Alliance.

...

Says the Singapore booklet:

Pirates frequently make ’spoofs’ of titles available on peer-to-peer networks, so what you think you are downloading might in fact be a fake.

it's the 'pirates', stupid. honest.
it's funny, because mediadefender email concerning spoof mp3s says:
Here is a non-exhaustive list of ideas for the file formatting:

Apply Lowpass/Highpass Filters

Add Static

Changing Bitrate

Modulated Bitrate

Re-encoding to a low bitrate then back to a high one

Adding random noise

Lowering or raising the volume over the course of a song

Applying a periodic volume wave

Switching from Stereo to Mono

Switching audio from left channel to right channel

Changing between Left and right channels

Adding Channels

Adding Audience Noise

Adding a laugh track

Adding Reverb/Echoing

Adding Voiceovers / advertisements

Blanking out random words

Censoring/beeping random words



We don’t want people to think the song sucked. We don’t want people to think the file was deliberately altered. We don’t want people to find patters in the decoys to listen for. We want people to think these are natural aberrations in mp3 encoding. Feel free to forward this to whoever needs to see it. We are still trying to keep this plan under the radar as we feel that will make it more effective.

it's particularly nice that a distinction must be drawn between a corrupted mp3 (good) and a song that 'sucks' (bad).

mediadefender-defenders iv

slyck is back up. interview with the mediadefender-defenders.com (not to be confused with the mediadefender-defenders). mediadefender source code released. ugly and perhaps unsustainable hypocrisy here. also, there's someone on the inside.
i was wracking my brain earlier for the quote below, so much so that i actually went and found it in the library, realising in the process that 1) my memory remains serviceable when it comes to locating quotes i vaguely recall, but never wrote down, and 2) i actually miss the library.
“The obverse of the public sphere, privacy in its modern sense, only sprang into existence a matter of two centuries ago, and then only for a restricted part of the world’s population. The family and the private individual have not proved strong enough sociological institutions to bear the weight of demands placed upon them as the centres of consumption and reproduction, sexual, physical and ideological, and as the reason why you would go on working and living. Privacy, in the sense of a right claimed by the bourgeois individual to personal liberty, is too closely tied to private property, to gendered oppression, to the illusion of consumer sovereignty and to the sovereign, rational, white, male subject to be credible or defensible. Not only is the battle over privacy already lost; the end of the private makes even more urgent the publication of the intimate” (Cubitt 2006: 208).

Cubitt, Sean. 2006. “Reading the Interface.” Pp. 188-221 in Cybercultures: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies Volume II, edited by David Bell. London: Routledge.

20.9.07

unanswered questions about the mediadefender debacle

the situation is changing rapidly and several of the links from the last couple of posts are down at the moment (ddos attacks?). there has been a fair bit of speculation about what's going on, and so some of the following is questions i have, and some is questions i'm regurgitating from people more on the ball than myself:
  • the hack. the story is that one jay maris, an unfortunate employee of mediadefender, forwarded his email to his gmail account, and then logged on to an (as yet) unnamed p2p or torrent site using his gmail username and password. someone (someone associated with the p2p/torrent site? how was this person able to register the unfortunate's password?) was then able to track back and access his account. but how did the mediadefender-defenders know jay maris was an employee of mediadefender? something to do with his ip or what? what kind of cyber- or otherwise stalking were the mediadefender-defenders doing, and for how long? how big is their project, how many people, where abouts? the hack itself is a pretty clear indication that good old-fashioned privacy is a dead concept. but of course we knew that; mediadefender are into tracking people's ip addresses and seeing what they're sharing, and selling that information to the highest bidder. both sides are using pretty much the same tactics. privacy is a recently invented myth anyway.
  • the phone call to the ny attorney general's office. this gives me the creeps. there was speculation that this leak was actually a damage limitation exercise, as it tars file-sharers with the child porn brush, while simultaneously painting mediadefender as the good guys who go after those exchanging child porn. i don't buy this theory. what is disturbing though, is: why is the ny ag office outsourcing this work to a private company? they are presumably tracking ips in the ny area, what would mediadefender do with the other ips it found outside of ny? nothing? wait to sell them to another jurisdiction? then, it seems mediadefender would have to download and view the child porn to ascertain its authenticity. if this is illegal for everyone else, isn't it illegal for them also? how do they become exempt? how do they screen potential employees who might be interested in that sort of thing? but of course, we know already from the leaked emails that they themselves appear to have been wilfully trading bestiality porn mislabelled as korn videos. i quote:
Is there a way to add this hash/title to the porn filter explicitly?hash=30755326A4E4B28E678BFF8CB2AF5FC4A4FBF710&i=3 (the title is Celebrity deathmatch: Korn vs slipknot and the exact URL is http://129.47.9.160/zonie/media.php?hash=30755326A)I just flagged it as Other Terms of Use violation. It’s a warthog (or maybe it’s a big bushy dog, I can’t tell) having sex with a woman and NOT a Korn vs. Slipknot mash-up video.
  • and then: how did the mediadefender-defenders get hold of this recording? did they hack the voip? if so, how? is there someone on the inside? if so, what is the legal status of an interstate conversation recorded with only one parties knowledge? does this differ between la and ny? more generally, although possibly following on from this line, how many laws have mediadefender and those like them been routinely breaking, with full support - and presumably payment - from law enforcement?
  • how could these guys be so amazingly incompetent? the magnitude of this is genuinely staggering, the shit has hit the fan: we now know, for instance, that record companies use file-sharing data as market research to decide what singles to release, that mediadefender massaged their own data to create favourable impressions with their riaa clients (e.g. doing 'controlled' searches which favoured the spoof material they circulate), that they are clogging up bandwidth with carefully corrupted mp3s, that they apparently sought to entrap file-sharer's by masquerading as a file-sharing platform, that they contemplated turning user's computers into drones (and paying users to do so), that they can't even protect their own content, let alone anyone else's ... do i need to continue?
  • why has the mainstream media been so slow to pick this up? i wonder...
  • it's the 'unknown unknowns' that are really demented. we don't really have any way of determining the extent to which these sorts of practices are routine in these corporate and law enforcement circles.

but wait, there's more!

utter hammering continues: miivi, the alleged 'honeytrap' site associated with mediadefender, 'relaunched'. see here also on the absurd legal counteractions. the link where the email corpus is hosted as html has apparently been subject to distributed denial-of-service attacks by mediadefender, according to this and this.



19.9.07

mediadefender completely pwnt

cat escapes bag! caught; pants down! horse; stable bolted! check out this story.
it is, admittedly, very, very hard not to gloat when the duplicity, hypocrisy, ineptitude and arrogance of these people is revealed so beautifully. genuinely heartwarming news. the 'mediadefender-defenders' got something like 9 months worth of their email, and say they have other stuff in the pipeline too. incredibly sophisticated guerrilla infowar, which, incidentally tells us a lot about contemporary privacy, morality, capitalism, the relation between state and copyright oligopoly...
over at the slyck forum, a lot of thought-provoking discussion. at ars technica. torrentfreak chew through the data. what the hell, just follow your nose (here is a good place to start too).
the now locked mediadefender wiki page.
get the torrent of the hacked/leaked emails here, at mininova (.eml format) or on pirate bay. latter details how to open the file. there's a transcript of the mediadefender/ny attorney general's office phone conversation here - but check this also; pretty disturbing stuff. mediadefender, needless to say, 'decline to comment'. the emails are, currently, viewable (and searchable by subject) as html here and here.
quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

18.9.07



the onion.
also liked this,
and this.

14.9.07

whitehouse

slsk research and audio piracy

this guy, motti regev, has been working on popular music for a long time, quite succesfully (“The 'Pop-Rockization' of Popular Music” is widely read, largely because it's good), and is now working on slsk. how do i know this? because he gave a paper at the iaspm international in mexico in june, of which i heard a summary from someone who was there. the abstract for this paper can be found here. although he doesn't mention slsk specifically there, that's what he's looking at. the abstract reads:

Pop-rock music: Knowledge community, file sharing and global
microstructure

Internet traffic of information and data had tightened the connectivity between participants in the pop-rock web of knowledge, and significantly improved its effectiveness. P2P file sharing is currently the culmination of this enhancement. The paper discussed several aspects of the micro-sociological interaction formats afforded by P2P file sharing and their contribution to the tightness and effectiveness of the pop-rock web of knowledge, taste and fandom. I look in particular at the immediacy of acquaintance with music afforded by P2P file sharing, an element that overcomes the long existing discrepancy between the discursive aspect of the pop-rock web of knowledge and the ability of participants around the world to actually get to know the music they read and talk about. In addition, some P2P file sharing allows practices such as personal messaging , browsing other participants’ files and chatting, while at the same time keeping anonymity.

big deal?
1: someone else is producing academic work on slsk. I AM NOT ALONE IN FINDING THIS INTERESTING. moreover, slsk personal interaction is largely text-based, while a lot of cmc researchers are now getting all excited about second life (a more brutal way of putting this is to suggest that p2p is stillborn as a research topic, dead in the water. this is not quite the take i like).
2. this approach is 'fluffy': prof. regev is not interested in the sorts of micro-interactional conflicts and displays which i looked at. i agree that p2p is a 'good thing', and think, actually, that its impact is more profound than the abstract above would indicate (breakcore, anyone?), but i'm also interested in 'discursive violence', if you like, a routine and sometimes exlusionary feature of online interaction which is not evident in the abstract above.

anyway, one of the other interesting things about p2p, as opposed to, say, second life, is that p2p is effectively illegal, because it is completely mashing up copyright revenue, among a number of other tremendous impacts it is having, as a cursory glance at some of the links to the right will attest. this brings me to this lovely piece by erik davis on watermarked cds and audio piracy. davis mentions the 'bay area hipster record hound' who must have gotten hold of and uploaded 'his' cd, but what this put me in mind of of is the notoriously cagey 1337 rip groups who diligently labour to bring releases out and circulate them, often well in advance of the official release date. these guys are the basis of the alternative distribution mechanism, and i paid some attention to them here, including a few of the beautiful ascii tags they distribute with 'their' products (i'll find a nice one to post). what else is there on these groups specifically? not a lot. there's this free, downloadable book on the rhetoric around file-sharing and 'piracy'. there's also this article with a similar angle:

Woodworth, Griffin Mead. 2004. “Hackers, Users and Suits: Napster and Representations of Identity.” Popular Music and Society, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 161-184.

then there's this wired article. there's these guys. there is also, of course, the p2p foundation, an invaluable resource, although they're covering slightly different ground (same with lessig, vaidhyanathan and so on). but the only academic piece i found on the 'pirates' themselves at the top of the distributive chain was this nice paper; which draws a distinction between 'citizens' (the elite rippers/content providers) and 'leeches' (the rest of us):

Cooper, Jon, and Daniel Harrison. 2001. “The social organization of audio piracy on the Internet.” Media, Culture and Society, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 71-89.


12.9.07

iaspm uk & ireland conference

the cfp is out here.

Popular Music Studies: Problems, Disputes, Questions
University of Glasgow, 12-14 September 2008
Conference Theme

The aim of this conference is to address the issues that have in recent years excited most conversation and disagreement among IASPM members. Papers are invited on three topics in particular.

  • Music and National Identity

    When, if ever, can music usefully be described in national terms? (English or Scottish folk? Welsh or Irish rock?) What are the problems of national music policies? Should popular music studies reject the concept of the nation entirely? Are concepts of ‘ethnic’ or ‘hybrid’ music any more valid? How is the nation gendered within popular music?

  • Popular Music Theory

    Does popular music studies ‘lack theory’? What sort of theory do we need? What are the most useful theoretical concepts in the field? Which the most redundant? Has gender been under-theorised within Popular Music Studies? What is or should be the relationship between academic/theoretical approaches to popular music and vocational/practical approaches?

  • The Musical Experience

    What is a musical experience? How are people’s responses to music determined? How/why do they change over time? How does gender impact on the musical experience? What can we learn about musical subjectivity and response from psychologists of music? Is popular music necessarily a source of pleasure?

Proposals

Paper proposals are invited on these topics—and on any other issue of popular music debate. Proposals will be welcomed from any perspective, using any methodology and addressing any kind of music.

Papers should last for 20 minutes and the conference organisers will be asking chairs to keep to this limit.

Submitting Proposals

Proposals should include the name and contact details (email) of the proposer, the tile of the proposal and an abstract of no more than 150 words. Please send proposals to Martin Cloonan. The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2008.

tricky words

i had to look them up:

ad hoc
– 'to this', for a particular purpose only. adhocracy – flexible bureacracy
ad hominem – fallacious arguments directed against the interlocutor, rather than the substantive points that interlocutor raises. personal attacks instead of counter-arguments
adumbrate – a vague or incomplete indication or outline: to present such a thing
adversative – a word expressing opposition or contrast, e.g. 'but', 'although'
adynata – 'impossibilia'. an adynaton is an impossible thing. adynata are in violation of natural law, they are physically or otherwise impossible figures of speech and rhetoric (e.g. 'pigs might fly', 'castles in the air' etc.)
agnatic – concerning descent through the male line. an agnate is a person descended from the same male ancestor as another
alliteration – repetition of initial consonant sounds ('fine feathered friends')
allo- - other, different
allochronic – of a different time
allochthones – deposits or formations originating at a distance from their present location (cf. autochthony)
allotropic – of a different form or the different forms in which an element can exist
anamorph – a distorted image appearing normal from a certain perspective (as through a lens or mirror)
anaphora – the use of a word referring back to a word used earlier to avoid repetition, such as indexicals ('he' etc.)
anastrophe – the reversal of the order of words
anechoic – free from echo, tending to absorb or deaden sound
antinomy – contradiction between two apparently correct statements
antipathy – anger etc. towards a person or thing
antistrophe – the turning of an opponent's argument against itself
aphasia – loss or damage to speech faculty consequent on brain injury or disease
apocope – loss or contraction of syllables from end of word: e.g. shortening of 'kind of' to 'kinda'
apophenia – the spontaneous perception of connections and meaningfulness where no such connections/meaningfulness in fact exist (e.g. in hearing voices in static). like projection (cf. also pareidolia, artifactuality)
architectonic – musical, literary or artistic structure esp. architectural
artifactuality – the characteristic of things not naturally present but occurring as the result of scientific investigation
asinine – extremely stupid or foolish
assonance – repetition of vowel sounds
auto- - self, same
autochthony – indigenous; formed in its present position (cf. allochthones)
autoplasty – surgical repair using tissue from another part of the patient’s body. autoplastic graft, cf. alloplasty
axiology – the theory of what is worthy or valuable
bellum omnium – war of all against all
braggadocio – boasting and self-aggrandisement
canonical – referring to the standard practice interpretation – the canonical meaning of words is the literal meaning
catachresis – the (usually intentional) misuse of a word
cataphora – the use of a word referring to a word used later
cavage – (fr.) excavation
chiastic – inversion in a second phrase or clause of the words in the first
chirographic – to do with handwriting
cholo – mexican with indian blood; derog.: lower class mexican
chthonian – of, belonging to or inhabiting the underworld
cohort – a group of people banded together or treated as a group
colloquy – a formal discussion
conation – desire or will, volition. conative
consonance – repetition of consonant sounds
consubstantiality – being of the same substance
deictic – indicator terms whose meaning is wholly context dependent: 'you', 'this', 'that'
delict – a slight, injury or offence
deontology – the theory of what one ought to do
deracination – displacement, uprooting
diachronic – studying or referring to a thing in terms of its historical development (cf. synchronic)
diacritical – indicating a change or modification
diphasic – occurring in two phases (?)
disjunctive – a word that joins together mutually exclusive ideas as alternatives, such as 'either', 'neither', 'or', 'nor'
emetic – causing one to vomit
emic – using categories from within the culture
empyrean, the – the highest part of heaven
epideictic – designed primarily for rhetorical display
ersatz – poor imitation or substitute
eschatological – referring to death, the end times, ultimate destiny, the day of judgement etc.
etic – using categories from outside the culture
etiology – the investigation of causes/origins
euphonious – pleasant-sounding
excision - removal
fastnachtspiel – (gr.) 'nearly night play'; carnival. spiel is 'play'
fungible – capable of being exchanged; having a commodity value
glossolalia – speaking in tongues
haecceity – the quality of a thing that makes it unique or describable as 'this (one)'
hebephrenic – hebephrenia – old term for form of schizophrenia characterised by foolish, regressive mannerisms, senseless laughter, extreme antisocial behaviour (ingesting faeces, self-mutilation etc.)
horror vacui – fear or dislike of empty spaces esp. in artistic composition
hyletic – received passively by the mind
hypertrophy – exaggerated or unnecessary growth or complexity. hypertrophied
hypostasis – the essence or reality of something
ideational - conceptional; being of the nature of a notion or concept
idiomorphic – referring to a type of idiom
illocution – an act carried out in words, a speech act. illocutionary
imago – in psychoanalysis, an unconscious idealized mental image, esp. of a parent, formed in infancy and retained in adult life
in media res – in the midst or middle, without preamble
inexpiable – so bad it cannot be atoned for
integument – a tough outer protective layer, as of an animal or plant
inter alia – among other things
ipse dixit – a dogmatic and unproven statement
irenic – intending to promote peace
isogloss – a line on a map marking an area having a distinct linguistic feature
isomorph – an item corresponding or similar in form or relations to another such item
lacuna - a gap in the argument or in the literature
lapidary – of language: elegant and concise, suitable for engraving on stone
lexeme – minimal unit (as word or stem) in the lexicon e.g. 'go'
lexicon – the stock of words
malapropism – mistaken use of a word sounding similar to the correct one
metalepsis – substituting metonymy of one figurative sense for another: one thing is referenced by another only remotely associated with it
metonymy – figure of speech in which an attribute of a thing is used to signify the thing itself
milieu – the surroundings or environment
mimesis – imitation of the real world in art; imitation of one group of people by another
morpheme – a meaningful morphological unit of a language that cannot be further divided
morphology – the structure of words in a language, including inflection and derivation
motile – capable of independent movement
multivalent – multiple meanings or values
noetic – of or understood by the mind; that which gives sense to the hyletic
ocularcentrism – vision-centric, privileging sight. cf. scopophilia
oneiric – relating to dreams or dreaming
onomastica – name lists, lists of names. singular: onomasticum
ontic – relating to real existence
origo – pragmatics: the reference point of deixis: the speakers who says 'my', 'this', 'now' etc.
orphic – mystical or magical, to do with orpheus, the poet and musician who went to the underworld attempting to bring back his wife eurydice
ostension - defining by pointing: 'that is a ___'
oto- – to do with the ear [?] (ototoxic, otosurgery)
paratactic – writing style (cf. syntactic) characterised by simple, short sentences
pareidolia – misperception where obscure stimulus is viewed as clear and distinct (e.g. shroud of turin). cf. also apophenia
pari passu – at an equal rate, step for step
passim – (in referencing) indicating that the idea being referenced occurs in various places in the source cited
peripatetic – travelling from place to place (usually for reasons of work); 'walking with', the aristotelian method of teaching
perlocution – the effect that a speaker’s words have on someone. perlocutionary
phatic – spoken in order to share feelings, convey a mood, rather than to convey information
phonetic – pertaining to the sounds of speech
phonology – the pattern of speech sounds
picaresque – typical of rogues or scoundrels; the tales told thereof
picayune – trivial, unimportant, being fussy about such
plenum – an assembly of all the members of a committee, or a space completely filled with matter
post hoc ergo propter hoc – 'after this, therefore because of this'
pragmatics – language use rather than structure
prestidigitation – sleight of hand
propinquity – nearness in space, time or relationship
proprioception – production and perception of stimuli within an organism, esp. relating to movement and position
prosaic – not having any features which are interesting or imaginative, simple, commonplace
psychomachia – an allegorical medieval tale depicting the conflict of vices and virtues as a battle (e.g. chastity vs. lust)
purlieu – a place or district
rara avis – rare bird
ratiocination – the formation of judgements through logic; reason
recursion - a process that invokes an instance of itself
rheme – that part of the sentence (often the predicate) adding the greatest amount of new information to the discourse
sine qua non – essential condition, premise or prerequisite
somatic – relating to the body
sotto voce – 'under the breath'
strabismus - squint
substrate/substratum – the underlying material base; a set of surviving indigenous linguistic features, e.g. influencing the language of a coloniser
subtend – to lie underneath, surrounding, supporting or enclosing
supernumerary – a minor actor in crowd scenes without speaking/dancing etc. role, a person serving no apparent function
synchronic – referring to a thing at one point in time, esp. a language, without consideration of its historical development (cf. diachronic)
syncope - loss or contraction of syllables from middle of word
syncretic – merging together
synecdoche – a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa, synechdochal
syntactic – writing style favouring complex syntax
teleonomic – telos– - the end or ends, -nomy – the branch of knowledge concerning.
teratological – relating to monsters or the branch of mythology concerning them
topography – the arrangement of features in a landscape; a maplike description or representation of such
topology – the way in which constituent parts are interrelated or arranged
topos – a traditional theme in literature or rhetoric. plural topoi
transcoding – ?coding? across, beyond, into another place
ukase – an arbitrary command or law
vector – a quantity incorporating both direction and magnitude; the course or trajectory of a thing
velleity – volition or desire at its weakest, vaguest level
vituperation – an outburst of violently abusive or harshly critical language – to vituperate is to attack someone in such a way

i keep a list you see.

10.9.07

shitmat in dublin

posted to ie-dance:

yo yo yo!!!!!!
great news 4 all ye gabba/breakcore/mashcore fans!!
the one n only SHITMAT aka Henry Collins is coming to Dublin Friday 6th October.
Details of venue etc to be confirmed as yet.
Clear ur diary and prepare 4 the madness!!!
:)

9.9.07

6.9.07

iaspm-us 2008 cfp

the call for papers for the iaspm-us conference:
"For many, popular music would, by definition, transcend any particular space, propelled by the technologies of mass media. Connecting every wired corner of the globe, today's digital media technologies -- from mp3s and p2ps to Myspace and YouTube -- would appear to amplify popular music's inherently translocal character. At the same time, popular music remains deeply entwined with significations of place, of home and away, town and country, here and there, black and white; and it remains shaped by real spaces and the changes that affect them. Popular genres and styles are nurtured and inflected in social spaces, and they enrich one's sense of place as they shape one's imagination of others. How is popular music shaped by, or how does it shape, social uses of space? Does popular music look and sound fundamentally different in an increasingly interconnected world? What happens to the notion of the popular in a peer-to-peer age? How does greater access to more music from farther away change our senses of our cities, regions, countries, selves, others? The conference program committee of the 2008 meeting of IASPM-US invites proposals for papers, panels, or roundtables relating to these questions and, of course, welcomes proposals on any aspect of popular music.

Possible paper topics might address questions such as the following:

* How do new uses of space inflect popular musics' sounds, uses, and meanings?
* How does popular music inform regionalism and geographical identity?
* Are 'translocal' and 'global' popular music coterminous, or crucially distinct?
* What is the relationship between popular music and urban space?
* How does popular music draw the lines of community?
* How do we conduct research in a MySpacey, YouTubey world?
* What is popular music without the music industry?
* In what ways does popular music animate politics, ideology, or propaganda?
* How does popular music give voice and strength to its collective listeners?
* How does popular music mediate social tragedy?"
submit a proposal here. you know you want to.

potter-speak

i wonder how much there is on this? i'm thinking:

muggle
squib
dementor
parceltongue

expelliarmus
riddikulus
accio

and so on. i especially like the spells, because they're performative speech acts of course. i found a tolerable glossary here, and a much better etymology here. consider:
Avada Kedavra (Killing Curse) - Aramaic phrase that means "I will destroy as I speak."
if spells aren't performative utterances i don't know what are (made me remember rupture's thinking on 'this is why i’m hot'). the entry of potter-derived language into use is a bit different from when people's speech contains things like 'pwn', 'lolocaust' and 'roflcopter' (because the latter are derived from a grapholect),
but i'm still struck when meeting new people whose everyday speech contains 'potterisms' (and then struck again when the terms themselves become the topic). i wonder if anyone is doing anything on it, and how use of terms derived from harry potter is distributed demographically?

4.9.07

compare & contrast cont.

my "utterly, utterly bizarre" thesis also came up here, in a discussion of edits to the wikipedia breakcore entry, funnily enough.
they had a go on it here too. via tykal's post, it is also linked here (note the quite literally coprolalic al gore .gif). i'm actually really pleased people noticed, and bothered to register and share that fact.
you can kind of see the themes emerging in the critical responses there, none of which specifically address the argument. they could be summarised as:
who fucking cares?
this is a pointless waste of money
these are probably the standard complaints raised against research in general, and social research in particular. they could be the standard complaints against everything in contemporary culture.
in this piece on leetspeak (or 1337speak, if you prefer), there is mention of a media studies researcher who found her peers "aghast" at her area of interest. i don't quite understand how this could be so, given how academic specialisation works, but in that case, a researcher allegedly met with incredulity from those within her discipline. a handy term used to describe these sorts of issues is 'audiencing': figuring out who the audience is and how to succesfully pitch to them. needless to say, slsk chatroom occupants/breakcore fans/producers, and professional middle-aged sociologists, are not necessarily coterminous groups. but it seems reasonable to me that scholars should want both fellow academics, and those who inhabit their research 'field', to be aware of their research. one of the things that's cool about the responses i've gotten from 'natives' so far is that many of them are phrased in the idiom described here and in the thesis as coprolalic, and some of them (like the ones here, and indeed some of these responses) actually engage in a critique of the academic language game (described in the thesis as shitless, in particular when the conclusion turns to 'english for academic purposes').
steve fuller elegantly argues that:
“throughout its history, the university has been institutionally predisposed to engage in the creative destruction of social capital”.
so, i'm following the aoir email list's recurrent discussion about research ethics, and somehow these things are linked in my mind, but i didn't figure out yet what i think or how to articulate that.



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