MP3: THE MEANING OF A FORMAT WITH PROFESSOR JONATHAN STERNE
MP3s are the most common form of recorded audio in the world. They often occupy center stage in controversies about sound quality and intellectual property, but they also provide important insights into the broader cultural changes in listening practices and communication technologies over the last century, as well as changes to come in the 21st.
In his new book. MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke, 2012) Jonathan Sterne situates mp3s within a general history of compression. MP3 tells a story about how massive telecommunications infrastructures were tuned to ideas about listening, while our very ideas of what it means to hear or communicate were shaped by the needs of media.
Join us for a discussion of some of the ideas in the book, and bring your questions. You can read the intro online here for free:
Jonathan Sterne teaches in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science Program at McGill University. He is author of The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003), MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke 2012); and numerous articles on media, technologies and the politics of culture. He is also editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012). Visit his website at sterneworks.org
Speaker(s): JONATHAN STERNE
Event Type: Discussion Forum / Lecture
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm