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Dreaming the World

U2 Fans, Online Community and Intercultural Communication

Arthur E Lizie (author)

ISBN: 9781572739239

Publication Date: Nov 2009

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Do culture and language flow freely on the Internet in community forums or do the one-way patterns of media imperialism reappear? This book explores the question through an investigation of the online activities of fans of the Irish band U2. It offers a fresh take on U2 through an analysis of their relationship with media and technology.
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During the second half of the 20th century, researchers warned of the negative effects of cultural imperialism, the overwhelming one-way flow of organized media and information from industralized nations to developing nations. Globalization theory tended to diminish the perceived negative influence of the one-way flow, framing it as more of a symbiotic relationship. But what happens when the flow of information travels not through organized media, but through regular people? The Internet allows people from all over the world to connect and share information in ways once unimaginable, but how does that information circulate? Do culture and language flow freely on the Internet in community forums or do the one-way patterns of media imperialism reappear? In this book the author explores the question through an investigation of the online activities of fans of the Irish band U2. The heart of the book provides an in-depth look at what type of information is circulated on the major fan mailing list, how this information builds online community, and whether it encourages or discourages the circulation of intercultural information. The book also offers a fresh take on U2 through an analysis of their ongoing relationship with media and technology.
Pages 256
Date Published 30 Nov 2009
Publisher Hampton Press
Subject/s Technology: general issues   Rock & Pop music  
Introduction. Personal History. Structure of the Book. POPULAR MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY. Technology: A Distinction. A Brief Transition. U2 and Technology. Sonic Technology. Technology as Evolution. U2 and the Technological. Conclusions. COMMUNITY ONLINE. Why Community? Computer-Mediated Communication. Community. Community as Nostalgia. Online Communities. Imagining Online Community. Other Online Research. Online Identity. Summmary. CULTURAL IMPERIALISM. Flow of Cultural Products. Cultural Imperialism. Globalization. Music and Cultural Imperialism. Cultural Imperialism on the Internet. English on the Internet. Summary. METHODOLOGY AND ANALYSIS. Methodology. Object of Analysis. Data Collection. Further Refinement. Data Analysis: Gender. Data Analysis: Location. Data Analysis: Gender and Location. WIRE AS COMMUNITY. Online Community. Categories. Souces of Influence. Group Purposes. Summary. WIRE AS INTERNATIONAL FORUM. U2 and the International. Demographics. Flow of Information on Wire. The North as Context. American as Other. Two Critical Incidents. Summary. DISTANT VOICES/FOUR YEARS ON. Information and Community Technology. U2 Online. Assessing U2.com. Unofficial Websites. International Fans. Distant Voices. Conclusions. CONCLUSIONS. Discussion. Reflections. Future Research. Appendixes. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

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