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"Keep Smiling!": Time, Functionality and Intimacy in Spotify’s Featured Playlists
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
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.

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Stockholm, 2017. Vol. 16
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-148441OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-148441DiVA, id: diva2:1214015
Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-10-16Bibliographically approved

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