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The media archaeology of file sharing: broadcasting computer code to Swedish homes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2053-0933
2017 (English)In: Popular Communication, Piracy and Social Change / [ed] Jonas Andersson Schwarz, Patrick Burkart, London: Routledge, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

What form did file sharing take before the internet’s usage became mainstream, and what practices from that period remain? This article examines a Swedish radio show that broadcast listener-contributed computer code in the mid 1980s. It applies a combined theoretical framework of intermediality and sharing theory and argues that this combination is central to the analysis of piracy and social change. The results indicate an interesting paradox in terms of pushing and pulling content as the practice relied on both in public broadcasting as well as with contributing media users. As such, the case of Datorernas värld prefigures how peer interaction and sharing relies on more centralized and controlled channels of communication. The article historically situates themes such as intermediality, surveillance, gender representation, and piracy and provides a piece of computing history that is topical but, strangely, critically ignored.

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London: Routledge, 2017.
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Piracy, file-sharing, intermediality, radio
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Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137665ISBN: 9781138204195 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-137665DiVA, id: diva2:1063100
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RetrocomputingAvailable from: 2017-01-09 Created: 2017-01-09 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved

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