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Saturday, April 07, 2007

"Configurable culture": music, capital, and social construction

An interesting clip from the Annenberg Center's weblog.

DIY Media Weblog

DIY Media Seminar: Aram Sinnreich on Configurable Culture



Aram Sinnreich succinctly astonished those who attended the DIY Media seminar at the Annenberg Center for Communication on March 22. The two mandalic powerpoint slides above were fractal crystallizations of his thesis in progress. In a little more than fifteen minutes, Sinnreich deployed an array of theoretical and empirical tools in pursuit of an issue first posed by Plato when he claimed "Musical innovation is full of danger to the whole State, and ought to be prohibited....When modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them." (On the same slide, Sinnreich quoted The Lord Mayor from Yellow Submarine right below Plato: "The Meanies captured everything that maketh music.")
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