Media piracy—the production, distribution and consumption of media texts in contravention of intellectual property laws—has become an endemic feature of the cultural economy since the rise of the Internet. While most analyses present piracy in moral or legal terms, this work seeks to situate piracy as a series of practices emerging from the contradictions of a specific political and economic conjuncture: post-Fordist arrangements operating under neoliberal forms of governance. By examining the changing face of work as it becomes more embedded in digital networks, more entrepreneurial and increasingly informalized, piracy appears as an ambivalent component of global media supply chains and technological development. Beyond simply a symptom of economic crisis, pirate social formations construct their own distinct political philosophies and cultural practices. In this analysis, piracy is one component of broader social struggles against capitalist restructuring in the digital era.
|Commitee:||Miller, Char, Singh, J. P.|
|School:||George Mason University|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Intellectual Property, Mass communications|
|Keywords:||Cultural studies, Digital culture, Digital labor, Marxism, Media piracy, Neoliberalism|
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