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From ancient times to the present day, writers and thinkers have remarked on the unique power of music to evoke emotions, signal identity, and bond or divide entire societies, all without the benefit of literal representation. Even if we can't say precisely what our favorite melody means, we know very well what kind of effect it has on us, and on our friends and neighbors. ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published July 21st 2010 by University of Massachusetts Press
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Scott
Sinnreich writes an important book about the topic of remix (he calls it configurability) in today's culture.

The book is nicely set up, as the first third talks about the modern discursive framework (essentially how we as a society understand concepts like art, authorship, originality, etc.) and follows that by addressing how Configurable Culture (ie, the practice of remix) destabilizes those modernist concepts by making them straddle a "gray area" between their binary opposites. For example, th
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Andrew
Aug 07, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
Not an area I know much about, so I can't critically evaluate very well. But Sinnreich is (for the most part) an engaging writer who asked interesting questions and had interesting, if not fully argued, answers. The last chapter, where he tries to draw culture-wide inferences from the close study of musical mash-up production, and to offer some gender and race critical reflections was kind of underwhelming.
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Jul 14, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it
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A little too pedantic and thus inaccessible, even for me and that's saying something! I'm grateful to Sinnreich for his concept of configurability though; it's a useful concept to theorize about intellectual property in an interoperable, technological and participatory age.
Chhaya
Feb 26, 2011 Chhaya rated it it was ok
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While there are certainly some interesting concepts here in how to understand the tensions between art and commerce, the writing is pretentious and overly academic and turned me off.
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Aram Sinnreich is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture, law and technology, with an emphasis on subjects such as emerging media and music.

He is the author of two books, “Mashed Up” (2010), and “The Piracy Crusade” (2013), and has written for
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