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Johansson, Anna
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Eriksson, M., Fleischer, R., Johansson, A., Snickars, P. & Vonderau, P. (2019). Spotify teardown: inside the black box of streaming music. MIT Press
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2019 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

An innovative investigation of the inner workings of Spotify that traces the transformation of audio files into streamed experience. Spotify provides a streaming service that has been welcomed as disrupting the world of music. Yet such disruption always comes at a price. Spotify Teardown contests the tired claim that digital culture thrives on disruption. Borrowing the notion of "teardown" from reverse-engineering processes, in this book a team of five researchers have playfully disassembled Spotify's product and the way it is commonly understood. Spotify has been hailed as the solution to illicit downloading, but it began as a partly illicit enterprise that grew out of the Swedish file-sharing community. Spotify was originally praised as an innovative digital platform but increasingly resembles a media company in need of regulation, raising questions about the ways in which such cultural content as songs, books, and films are now typically made available online. Spotify Teardown combines interviews, participant observations, and other analyses of Spotify's "front end" with experimental, covert investigations of its "back end." The authors engaged in a series of interventions, which include establishing a record label for research purposes, intercepting network traffic with packet sniffers, and web-scraping corporate materials. The authors' innovative digital methods earned them a stern letter from Spotify accusing them of violating its terms of use; the company later threatened their research funding. Thus, the book itself became an intervention into the ethics and legal frameworks of corporate behavior.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MIT Press, 2019. p. 273
National Category
Media and Communications Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-157393 (URN)9780262038904 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, D0113901
Available from: 2019-03-18 Created: 2019-03-18 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved
Lundgren, A. S. & Johansson, A. (2017). Digital rurality: producing the countryside in online struggles for rural survival. Journal of Rural Studies, 51, 73-82
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital rurality: producing the countryside in online struggles for rural survival
2017 (English)In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, Vol. 51, p. 73-82Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Interest in the rural has increased in Sweden during the last decades and the rural has become increasingly present as an object of politics, not least in social media. While social media have been recognised for their significance for social movements generally, less is written about how to understand rural movements online. The aim of this article is to study how politics of the rural is performed in and through social media. Seven Sweden-based Facebook accounts were studied using discourse theory. Three different discourses were identified – a discourse of mobilising action, a discourse of re-representation and a discourse of frustration. Of these, we specifically highlight how the focus on urban norms and the practice of performative re-representation constituted the digital arenas as spaces where people who identified with rural areas were linked together, had their experiences and opinions acknowledged and their rural identities not only re-constituted, but recognised and valued. We also show how the different discourses in turn produced two opposing notions of rural areas: as dying or as alive. These two notions worked to structure the politics of the rural in different ways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017
Keywords
Rurality, Social media, Politics of the rural, Identity, Discourse
National Category
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131831 (URN)10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.02.001 (DOI)000401392400007 ()2-s2.0-85012978063 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-02-22 Created: 2017-02-22 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, M. & Johansson, A. (2017). "Keep Smiling!": Time, Functionality and Intimacy in Spotify’s Featured Playlists. Cultural Analysis, 16
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Keep Smiling!": Time, Functionality and Intimacy in Spotify’s Featured Playlists
2017 (English)In: Cultural Analysis, ISSN 1537-7873, E-ISSN 1537-7873, Vol. 16Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As one of the world’s largest online music providers, the streaming service Spotify has a profound capacity to shape everyday realities through digital technology. This article explores how both openness and control are embedded in Spotify’s ways of delivering recommended playlists to users. After analyzing over 500 pre-designed playlists, we argue that Spotify’s music recommendations evoke individual freedoms and flexibilities, at the same time as they prescribe normative temporalities, neoliberal subjectivities, functional approaches to music, and monetizations of intimacy. Such tensions between freedom and control speak of the dual inheritance of the digital and its potential to both liberate and constrain human action.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2017
National Category
Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-148441 (URN)
Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-10-16Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, M. & Johansson, A. (2017). Tracking Gendered Streams. Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 9(2), 163-183
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tracking Gendered Streams
2017 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 163-183Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the most prominent features of digital music services is the provision of personalized music recommendations that come about through the profiling of users and audiences. Based on a range of “bot experiments,” this article investigates if, and how, gendered patterns in music recommendations are provided by the streaming service Spotify. While our experiments did not give any strong indications that Spotify assigns different taste profiles to male and female users, the study showed that male artists were highly overrepresented in Spotify’s music recommendations; an issue which we argue prompts users to cite hegemonic masculine norms within the music industries. Although the results should be approached as historically and contextually contingent, we argue that they point to how gender and gendered tastes may be constituted through the interplay between users and algorithmic knowledge-making processes, and how digital content delivery may maintain and challenge gender relations and gendered power differentials within the music industries. Seen through the lens of critical research on software, music and gender performativity, the experiments thus provide insights into how gender is shaped and attributed meaning as it materializes in contemporary music streams.

Keywords
Gender; music; algorithms; streaming; digital methods
National Category
Media and Communications Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151238 (URN)10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1792163 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2013-1139
Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2018-10-16Bibliographically approved
Johansson, A. & Lundgren, A. S. (2016). Fantasies of scientificity: ethnographic identity and the use of QDA software. In: Griffin, G. & Hayler, M. (Ed.), Research methods for reading digital data in the digital humanities: (pp. 148-164). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fantasies of scientificity: ethnographic identity and the use of QDA software
2016 (English)In: Research methods for reading digital data in the digital humanities / [ed] Griffin, G. & Hayler, M., Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016, p. 148-164Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016
Series
Research methods for the arts and humanities
National Category
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-107903 (URN)9781474409612 (ISBN)9781474409636 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-08-29 Created: 2015-08-29 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Johansson, A. & Sternudd, H. T. (2015). Iconography of suffering in social media: images of sitting girls. In: Anderson, Ronald E. (Ed.), World suffering and quality of life: (pp. 341-355). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Iconography of suffering in social media: images of sitting girls
2015 (English)In: World suffering and quality of life / [ed] Anderson, Ronald E., Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2015, p. 341-355Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2015
Series
Social Indicators Research Series
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Ethnology; History Of Art
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-103240 (URN)978-94-017-9669-9 (ISBN)
Projects
Media Places
Funder
Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Available from: 2015-05-19 Created: 2015-05-19 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Johansson, A. & Sjöstedt Landén, A. (2014). Berättelsen om det svenska ironiska 1990-talet. In: Lars-Eric Jönsson, Fredrik Nilsson (Ed.), Skratt som fastnar: Kulturella perspektiv på skratt och humor (pp. 61-86). Lund: Lund universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Berättelsen om det svenska ironiska 1990-talet
2014 (Swedish)In: Skratt som fastnar: Kulturella perspektiv på skratt och humor / [ed] Lars-Eric Jönsson, Fredrik Nilsson, Lund: Lund universitet , 2014, p. 61-86Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Lund universitet, 2014
Series
Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences, ISSN 2001-7529 (print), 2001-7510 (online ; 5
National Category
Ethnology
Research subject
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98064 (URN)978-91-981458-1-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-01-15 Created: 2015-01-15 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Johansson, A. (2014). Makt och motstånd?: om patienter, psykiatri och sociala medier. In: Roger Jacobsson (Ed.), Thule: Kungl. Skytteanska samfundets årsbok, 2014 [årg 27] (pp. 75-84). Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Makt och motstånd?: om patienter, psykiatri och sociala medier
2014 (Swedish)In: Thule: Kungl. Skytteanska samfundets årsbok, 2014 [årg 27] / [ed] Roger Jacobsson, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet , 2014, p. 75-84Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet, 2014
Series
Thule : Kungl. Skytteanska samfundets årsbok, ISSN 0280-8692 ; 27
National Category
Ethnology
Research subject
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98063 (URN)9789186438470 (ISBN)
Projects
Media Places
Available from: 2015-01-15 Created: 2015-01-15 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Johansson, A. & Sternudd, H. T. (2014). Ridiculing Suffering on YouTube: Digital Parodies of Emo Style. In: : . Paper presented at Making Sense of: Suffering, Dying and Death. Prague, Nov 1-3, 2014. (pp. 1-8).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ridiculing Suffering on YouTube: Digital Parodies of Emo Style
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98066 (URN)
Conference
Making Sense of: Suffering, Dying and Death. Prague, Nov 1-3, 2014.
Projects
Media Places
Available from: 2015-01-15 Created: 2015-01-15 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Johansson, A. (2013). Hybrid embodiment: doing respectable bodies on YouTube. In: Simon Lindgren (Ed.), Hybrid media culture: sensing place in a world of flows (pp. 16-33). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hybrid embodiment: doing respectable bodies on YouTube
2013 (English)In: Hybrid media culture: sensing place in a world of flows / [ed] Simon Lindgren, London: Routledge, 2013, p. 16-33Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2013
Series
Routledge advances in sociology ; 114
National Category
Ethnology Cultural Studies
Research subject
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-87757 (URN)9780415824071 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-04-08 Created: 2014-04-08 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
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