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Chapter 14: The Disembodied Muse: Music in the Internet Age

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The Disembodied Muse: Music in the Internet Age
The disembodied muse: Music in the internet age
Richard A.Peterson, Vanderbilt University
JohnRyan, Virginia Tech

Like every major technological change, the internet is having a profound effect on virtually all aspects of our society Some of these changes are only dimly apparent, and most are not fully actualized yet. In the area of popular music, the widespread sharing of music files is now the most widely commented-on effect of internet technology Some view the practice as a great boon to music appreciation, whereas others see it simply as an act of stealing private property and as a threat to the popular music industry as we have known it (Garrity, 2002). The terms of this debate change almost monthly, yet questions ...

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