On My Video Phone: Popular Music on Screens

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“If you want me you can watch me on your video phone” –Lady Gaga 

In his 1991 article “The Computer for the Twenty-First Century,” Mark Weiser envisioned a future mediascape of “ubiquitous computing,” in which computer screens would become so pervasive and commonplace that the technologies would become virtually indistinguishable from the fabric of everyday life. As he writes, “we are in the personal computing era, person and machine staring uneasily at each other across the desktop. Next comes ubiquitous computing, or the age of calm technology, when technology recedes into the background of our lives.” In the two decades since the publication of this essay, we have witnessed the emergence and widespread use of pervasive portable computers, cell phones and other “smart devices,” streaming movie and television services, the integration of digital video into live performances of popular music, and haptic interfaces for video games and mobile media. Together, these technologies have helped in shaping the audio-visual into a multimedia, multi-sensory experience. As various screen technologies merge with the multifarious forms of popular music, what happens to social, cultural, and political space in which these screens are enmeshed? (ORIGINAL CFP)

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