Monday, 20 October 2008

Does Fan Labour Exploit or Empower Internet Users?

Nancy Baym, author of Online Fandom and Communications Professor at the University of Kansas has published a new paper, entitled Fan Labor: Exploitation or Empowerment?, researching whether Web 2.0 exploits or empower fans.

The paper uses the Swedish independent music scene as a case study. I was priviliged, as one half of Tack!Tack!Tack!, to be one of those interviewed.

The paper can be read here

The article was picked up by Techdirt here last week, and by Nic Brisbourne's The Equity Kicker, amongst other online news sources.

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1 comment:

Nancy said...

Thanks for linkage. To be technical, I haven't "published" the paper -- I've made the conference paper available. It won't be PUBLISHED until it's been peer reviewed and has an ISSN or ISBN number attached. Minor distinction in some ways, big in others, especially within academe. A final version of it will be published in a journal next year though.