Understanding the Operation and Values of Live Music Performances on Secondlife

By Hiesun Cecilia Suhr.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper examines secondlife.com as an example of one of the highly popular participatory media sites onto which people enroll in order to network with other people as well as to experience life in a virtual world as avatars. The goal of this research is to study and explain the complex relationship of contemporary music practices on participatory media websites, where the praxis of popularity, virtual live performances and social networking sheds new light on the process of gaining value. This will be achieved by examining the issues of live performance and protocols on Secondlife, the social networking sites, such as Slusic, and the discourse on the blogs directly linked to the live performance aspect of Secondlife.

Keywords: Virtual Live Music Performances, Liveness vs. Recordings, Slusic.com, Secondlife.com, Social Networking Sites

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.183-196. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.183MB).

Hiesun Cecilia Suhr

Ph.D. Candidate, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

H. Cecilia Suhr is currently a Ph.D. candidate in media studies at Rutgers University as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Pace University. Her dissertation examines the intersection between decentralization of subjective aesthetic standards and the power/political tension inherent to generating cultural values in social networking sites.

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