Stepping your game up : technical innovation among young people of color in hip-hop
Author(s)Driscoll, Kevin Edward
Technical innovation among young people of color in hip-hop
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Comparative Media Studies.
Henry Jenkins III.
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Hip-hop is a competitive form of popular culture characterized by an on-going process of aesthetic renewal and reproduction that is expressed through carefully selected media and communications technologies. Hip-hop is also a segment of the pop music industry that manufactures a wide range of commercial products featuring stereotypical images of young black people. These stereotypes disproportionately mark young black men and rarely reflect the technical sophistication and cultural literacy mobilized in hip-hop expression. This thesis begins with a reading of hip-hop culture through its use of media technologies, moves on to a historical examination of the hip-hop mixtape economy, and concludes with an analysis of the "Crank Dat" online dance craze. Foregrounding expressive deployment of media and communications technologies in hip-hop challenges damaging stereotypes with compelling narratives of young black men driven by a spirit of competition, creativity, and technical innovation.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Comparative Media Studies, 2009.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-154).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Comparative Media Studies.; MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Comparative Media Studies.