"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Introduction 2. Initial orientations/outlining the conflict : observations and potentials 3. Personal justifications/learning from the file sharers while criticizing them 4. Material complexities/the nested historiography of digitization 5. Geographical conditions/Sweden as a case study : the pirate bay and spotify 6. Critical masses/undercurrents and articulations of community 7. Technologies of the self/subjectiveness engendered by mass-scale file sharing 8. Conclusion/cultural consumption and piracy.