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Fifteen Years of ‘Utopia’: Napster and Pitchfork as technologies of demoncratization

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Carter, D and Rogers, I, Fifteen Years of Utopia': Napster and Pitchfork as technologies of demoncratization, First Monday, 19, (10) pp. 1-12. ISSN 1396-0466 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2014, David Carter and Ian Rogers

DOI: doi:10.5210/fm.v19i10.5543

Abstract

The legacy of Napster is filled with bold claims that continue to circulate. As recently as 2013, Wired writer Angela Watercutter described the service as "strings of code that forever changed the relationship between technology and music." In this paper, we set out to problematize this narrative by outlining a seldom–reported pre–history of Napster combined with an expanded examination of the alternative legacies surrounding the platform. One such legacy is the rise of eclectic music criticism portal Pitchfork.com, a media entity (and business model) that similarly traded on a revolutionary backstory.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Napster, Piracy, Online, History
Research Division:Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Research Field:Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Arts and Leisure
Objective Field:Music
Author:Carter, D (Dr Dave Carter)
ID Code:94003
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Tasmanian College of the Arts
Deposited On:2014-08-26
Last Modified:2017-11-17
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