A special issue of First Monday on the 15–year anniversary of Napster — Digital music as boundary object

Raphaël Nowak, Andrew Whelan, Oct 07, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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It has been fifteen years since Napster - it seems like yesterday to me, it was such a defining moment, yet now it's history. First Monday has published a special issue on Napster, and has done so in fine form, taking MP3 files and interpreting them as 'boundary objects' - "the phrase 'boundary object' can be used to refer to nodal events or entities, situated at the junctures of distinct discourses and distinct local cultures and social realities." I like that notion a lot, and it places MP3s into the same genre as, say, LOLcats.

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