The media archaeology of file sharing: broadcasting computer code to Swedish homes
2015 (English)In: Popular Communication, ISSN 1540-5702, E-ISSN 1540-5710, Vol. 13, no 1, 62-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
What form did file sharing take before the internet’s usage became mainstream, and what prac- 5 tices 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 con- tent as the practice relied on both in public broadcasting as well as with contributing media users. 10 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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 13, no 1, 62-73 p.
Media archaeology, file sharing, intermediality, radio broadcasting, home computers
Research subject Media and Communication Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105841DOI: 10.1080/15405702.2014.977999OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-105841DiVA: diva2:732374