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1st Edition

Online File Sharing
Innovations in Media Consumption

ISBN 9781138548596
Published February 12, 2018 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

It is apparent that file sharing on the Internet has become an emerging norm of media consumption—especially among young people. This book provides a critical perspective on this phenomenon, exploring issues related to file sharing, downloading, peer-to-peer networks, "piracy," and (not least) policy issues regarding these practices. Andersson Schwartz critically engages with the justificatory discourses of the actual file-sharers, taking Sweden as a geographic focus. By focusing on the example of Sweden—home to both The Pirate Bay and Spotify—he provides a unique insight into a mentality that drives both innovation and deviance and accommodates sharing in both its unadulterated and its compliant, business-friendly forms.

Table of Contents

1. Outlining the Conflict: Observations and Potentials  2. Personal Justifications: Learning from the File-Sharers while Criticizing Them  3. Historical Foundations: The Nested Historiography of P2P-Based File-Sharing  4. Technical Limitations: The Stupid Net – How Protocols Instigate Behaviors and Configurations Online  5. Geographical Locations: The Pirate Bay and Sweden as a Case Study  6. Philosophical Implications: Mass Sharing as an Ubiquitous Backdrop to Everyday Life  7. Political Potentials: Occasional Activism Generating Strategic Sovereigns

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Jonas Andersson Schwarz is a Lecturer in the Department of Culture and Communication at Södertörn University, Sweden.