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Dangerous Mediations: Pop Music in a Philippine Prison Video (New Approaches to Sound, Music, and Media)

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In 2007, an unlikely troupe of 1500 Filipino prisoners became Internet celebrities after their YouTube video of Michael Jackson's ground-breaking hit 'Thriller' went viral. Taking this spectacular dance as a point of departure, Dangerous Mediations explores the disquieting development of prisoners performing punishment to a global, online audience. Combining analysis of this YouTube video with first-hand experiences from fieldwork in the Philippine prison, Áine Mangaoang investigates a wide range of interlocking contexts surrounding this user-generated text to reveal how places of punishment can be transformed into spaces of spectacular entertainment, leisure, and penal tourism.In the post-YouTube era, Dangerous Mediations sounds the call for close readings of music videos produced outside of the corporate culture industries. By connecting historical discussions on postcolonialism, surveillance and prison philosophy with contemporary scholarship on popular music, participatory culture and new media, Dangerous Mediations is the first book to ask critical questions about the politics of pop music and audiovisual mediation in early 21st-century detention centres.
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ISBN-13: 9781501331534
ISBN-10: 1501331531
Pagini: 256
Ilustrații: 30 bw illus
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 mm
Greutate: 0.5 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Seria New Approaches to Sound, Music, and Media

Locul publicării: New York, United States


Examines the changes in the music industry through an in-depth case study of an amateur, user-generated music video exemplified by the remediation of Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

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Áine Mangaoang is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Popular Music at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo, Norway.


List of FiguresList of TablesAcknowledgments IntroductionInterlude I: 'The Evil of the Thriller' Chapter 1: Seeing Sound: Locating Music and YouTube's Symbiosis Interlude II: 'You're Fighting for your Life inside a Killer, Thriller' Chapter 2: Performing Postcolonialism: Filipino History Through Four-Part Harmony Interlude III: Fade to Black Chapter 3: Penal Tourists: The Birth of CPDRC's Prison Pop Programme Interlude IV: 'Music, the Language of the Soul' Chapter 4: Beats Behind Bars: Music, Docile Bodies, and the Digital Panopticon Interlude V: Michael Jackson, the Undead, and the Posthumous Duet Chapter 5: Thrilling: Remediating Thriller Interlude VI: 'It's More Fun in the Philippines' Chapter 6: 'Together in Electric Dreams': Hybridity, Nostalgia, and Imagination in CPDRC Interlude VII: 'Thank you for the Music' Chapter 7: YouTube's Penal Spectators Coda: Dangerous Mediations, Prisoners of Love, and Other Considerations Appendix Abbreviations and Glossary Notes References Index


In this rich ethnographic case study, Áine Mangaoang brings together a welcome, provocative and highly original mix of music, YouTube and prison. She raises thoughtful questions about participation and incarceration, leisure and exploitation, the global and the local, that will resonate far beyond her case.
An enlightening, extensive, and engaging work! Áine Mangaoang's explanation of the phenomenal popularity of the Dancing Inmates' Thriller, a YouTube sensation, unearths layer after layer of paradoxes embedded in Philippine history, musicological studies, prison performances and digital cross-currents. The tensions that spring from navigating between rehabilitation and oppression, creativity and captivity, entertainment and punishment, submission and assertion, cultural identity and stereotyping, among others, make Dangerous Mediations a cautionary tale in adapting inmate performance, especially of the digital variety, as a vehicle for prison reform.
This book deepens our understanding of the mediation of music in the digital era. Through a wide-reaching analysis, Mangaoang reveals the subversive potential of music and how new media texts are bound up with power, punishment and postcolonialism.