Accepted Paper:

Popular culture and music in an indigenous online environment  
Philipp Budka (University of Vienna)

Paper short abstract:

Paper long abstract:

In 2000 the First Nation organization K-Net created a dedicated online environment particularly for the young people of the indigenous communities of Northwestern Ontario, Canada. The homepage service MyKnet.org provides people with a place on the WWW, where they can create online presences and communication tools. This paper critically analyses MyKnet.org, its inhabitants and its role in First Nation communities by taking a look at its development in the context of indigenous media production in this isolated region. Popular culture and music are important parts of life in MyKnet.org. Users share and circulate music via the exchange of "music codes", the present self-made music and lyrics and the idolize musical artists. What are the rewards for people to present and share music in an online environment? How do TV and radio influence online musical practices? What does the streaming of music mean to the network and users? How does MyKnet.org fit in today's MySpace and Facebook world?

Panel W068
Media Anthropology network workshop: the rewards of media