27.3.10

20.3.10

Dynamic Range Day – Loudness War Protest
loudness pacifism.

16.3.10

Sounds of the Overground

Selected papers from a postgraduate colloquium on ubiquitous music and music in everyday life
Edited by Nedim Hassan and Holly Tessler

A new e-book published by the International Institute for Popular Culture, University of Turku, Finland. Available at http://iipc.utu.fi/overground/ (direct link) or http://iipc.utu.fi/publications.html

Musical and auditory experiences are frequently central to peoples’ socio-cultural practices within contemporary media-saturated societies. This edited collection features chapters from upcoming scholars who are interested in critically examining such experiences. Showcasing fresh perspectives on the study of music and sound, the eight chapters in this volume adopt research approaches from a range of academic fields including: anthropology; history; philosophy; architectural studies; musicology and cultural studies. Starting from the exploration of the specific roles that music can have for individuals, groups and communities, the chapters in Sounds of the Overground proceed to encompass broader discussions regarding music and nostalgia; place; identity and the philosophical implications of new musical and auditory technologies.

This book will be of value for anyone interested in debates concerning the roles of music and culture in everyday life, including students of popular music, musicology, cultural studies, sociology and media studies.

About the International Institute for Popular Culture:
http://iipc.utu.fi/

The International Institute for Popular Culture is a multi-disciplinary research unit, concerned not only with issues in contemporary popular culture but also in its history and transformations. The Institute is committed to pursuing academic excellence in the following areas: popular music, radio, film, and television, new media and information technology, festivals and urban cultures, youth cultures and subcultures, cultural industries, consumption and material culture, sports, stardom and fandom. The Institute is open to methodologies and theoretical insights, but it places special emphasis on the questions of popular culture as heritage and the social role of popular culture.

13.3.10

4.3.10

lost science.

2.3.10

‘as if nobody’s reading’?: the imagined audience and socio-technical biases in personal blogging practice in the UK


keywords: weblog, lifelog, practice, interview, symbolic interaction, audience, self presentation, affordances, norms, influences, privacy, archives


This thesis examines the understandings and meanings of personal blogging from the perspective of blog authors. The theoretical framework draws on a symbolic interactionist perspective, focusing on how meaning is constructed through blogging practices, supplemented by theories of mediation and critical technology studies. The principal evidence in this study is derived from an analysis of in-depth interviews with bloggers selected to maximise their diversity based on the results of an initial survey. This is supplemented by an analysis of personal blogging’s technical contexts and of various societal influences that appear to influence blogging practices. Bloggers were found to have limited interest in gathering information about their readers, appearing to rely instead on an assumption that readers are sympathetic. Although personal blogging practices have been framed as being a form of radically free expression, they were also shown to be subject to potential biases including social norms and the technical characteristics of blogging services. Blogs provide a persistent record of a blogger’s practice, but the bloggers in this study did not generally read their archives or expect others to do so, nor did they retrospectively edit their archives to maintain a consistent self-presentation. The empirical results provide a basis for developing a theoretical perspective to account for blogging practices. This emphasises firstly that a blogger’s construction of the meaning of their practice can be based as much on an imagined and desired social context as it is on an informed and reflexive understanding of the communicative situation. Secondly, blogging practices include a variety of envisaged audience relationships, and some blogging practices appear to be primarily self-directed with potential audiences playing a marginal role. Blogging’s technical characteristics and the social norms surrounding blogging practices appear to enable and reinforce this unanticipated lack of engagement with audiences. This perspective contrasts with studies of computer mediated communication that suggest bloggers would monitor their audiences and present themselves strategically to ensure interactions are successful in their terms. The study also points the way towards several avenues for further research including a more in-depth consideration of the neglected structural factors (both social and technical) which potentially influence blogging practices, and an examination of social network site use practices using a similar analytical approach.



david brake's phd thesis, produced at the london school of economics, and apparently the first lse thesis to be published with a creative commons license.
available as pdf here.