Creating Boundaries in the Virtual Jazz Community

Ken Prouty

in Jazz/Not Jazz

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271036
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951358 | DOI:
Creating Boundaries in the Virtual Jazz Community

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This chapter examines a variety of virtual communities on the World Wide Web where the boundaries of jazz and of the jazz community are negotiated. The creation of jazz articles on Wikipedia demonstrates key processes in the generation of knowledge concerning how genre boundaries are defined along lines of race, culture, and jazz history. Likewise, exchanges on the message board of the website All About Jazz reveal significant debates by virtual communities over establishing boundaries of jazz. While such boundaries remain fluid and continually redetermined, virtual communities offer the opportunity for a wider group of jazz people to engage in this ongoing and long-standing conversation across vast geographic and demographic spaces. Among the artists treated in detail are Kenny G, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Bad Plus, and Wynton Marsalis.

Keywords: jazz; virtual community; World Wide Web; Wikipedia; All About Jazz; Kenny G; the Mahavishnu Orchestra; The Bad Plus; Wynton Marsalis

Chapter.  7936 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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