- Preface to Volume 1
- Anytime, Anywhere? An Introduction to the Devices, Markets, and Theories of Mobile Music
- How the MP3 Became Ubiquitous
- Is a Download a Performance?
- Divisible Mobility: Music in an Age of Cloud Computing
- iPod Use, Mediation, and Privatization in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
- Changing Cultural Coordinates: The Transistor Radio and Space, Time, and Identity
- Labor, Machines, IVR-Enabled Automated Call Centers, and the Design of an Audible Workplace
- Mobile Semiotics
- Calling My Name: Sound, Orality, and the Cell Phone Contact List
- What Is That Noise? An Analysis of Sound Quality and Music in Mobile Devices
- Aural Armor: Charting the Militarization of the iPod in Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Cochlear Implants after Fifty Years: A History and an Interview with Charles Graser
- Music Ethnography and Recording Technology in the Unbound Digital Era
- Forever and Ever: Mobile Music in the Life of Young Teens
- Earbuds Are Good for Sharing: Children’s Headphones as Social Media at a Vermont School
- Can You Hear Us Now? Ringtones and Politics in the Contemporary Philippines
- Stereos in the City: Moving Through Music in South India
- Urban Echoes: The Boombox and Sonic Mobility in the 1980s
- Mexican Mobile Music: Una Convergencia con Sabor
- Music Piracy, Commodities, and Value: Digital Media in the Indian Marketplace
- A Tale of Two Countries: Online Radio in the United States and Japan
- Mobile Tactics in the Brazilian Independent Music Industry
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines face-to-face music sharing practices of schoolchildren in a school in Vermont. It explores how Heartsboro Central School (HCS) students share earbuds with friends as a key social practice for creating and maintaining intimate relationships, social networks, and status hierarchies in school. It argues for reconsidering accepted narratives of music technologies’ role in the privatization of social life in light of observations of children’s practices.
Tyler Bickford received his PhD in ethnomusicology in 2011 from Columbia University, where he teaches as a lecturer in the core curriculum. He studies US schoolchildren’s media consumption and expressive culture and is writing a book about the tween music industry.
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