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


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


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, 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:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Carter, D (Dr Dave Carter)
ID Code:94003
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2014-08-26
Last Modified:2018-01-25

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