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Digital Is Not A Technology!: Exploring Digital Resistance And Meaningful Technological Encounters In The Post-Digital Society
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media. Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2876-0952
2019 (English)In: Manchester 2019: 14th ESA Conference - Abstract book, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Recent years have witnessed an intense “analog vs. digital”, and digital technology refusal debate among electronic musicians, with analog enthusiasts dismissing digital technology and software simulations as lifeless, fake and cold, instead preferring the characteristically organic and authentic sound of analogue synthesizers. The trenches seemed firmly dug by 2015: analog synthesizers are serious business; software synthesizers are for impatient utilitarians. In October of 2017, renowned musical synthesizer manufacturer Roland launched a hardware recreation of their 1987 instrument “Roland D-50”, using the headline “Vintage Digital” and describing it as “unabashedly digital” (Roland, 2017) The very idea of a “vintage” or “unique” digital technology is controversial; and alludes to distinctions made between old and new digital, much like the already established vintage and neo-analogue terminologies. This paper problematizes the relevance of analog and digital as significant concepts by exploring the idea of a revived, reconfigured or even historic “digital” by asking: What are the material and expressive negotiations that underpin what constitutes meaningful analogue and digital experiences?

Drawing on a perspective of post-digital aesthetics (eg. Berry, 2015; Cramer, 2015), and Manuel DeLanda’s (2016) concept of assemblage, this paper presents a qualitative case study of terminology use with findings from empirical data collected from a prominent online discussion forum to elucidate how the terms digital and analogue are evolving. Results indicate that the meanings of the terms “digital” and “analogue” are shifting from having been primarily grounded in technology and materiality to having become the expression of an aesthetic, giving new meaning to the word "digitization".

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2019.
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Humanities and the Arts
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Sociology; Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392017ISBN: 978-2-9569087-0-8 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-392017DiVA, id: diva2:1346493
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14th Conference of the European Sociological Association
Available from: 2019-08-28 Created: 2019-08-28 Last updated: 2019-08-28

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