Music Media in Young People's Everyday Lives

Dan Laughey

in Music, Sound and Multimedia

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625338
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671038 | DOI:
Music Media in Young People's Everyday Lives

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This chapter describes how music use often bridges the private and public spaces of young people's everyday lives, and how different technologies are often linked with different uses. It specifically covers the different uses of music media: private and public; intensive and casual; and alternative and populist. The multiple forms of music media available in public and private contexts afford differing degrees of user involvement. The Internet is now a commonplace medium for niche music styles and genres, despite the fact that it is accessible on a ‘mass’ scale. iPod and MP3 players with similarly large memory capacities are often linked with intensive, personal use, although these technologies retain a public use dimension that counteracts the assumption that they are simply the latest developments on the personal stereo prototype. Media technologies do not determine the meanings that users contribute on the music to which they listen.

Keywords: music; young people; everyday lives; music media; Internet; iPod; MP3 players

Chapter.  7205 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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