[Air-L] Retro technologies and memes

Pask-Hughes, Alexander a.pask-hughes at lancaster.ac.uk
Thu Nov 14 07:36:17 PST 2013

Hi all,

I'm sure Nathan Jurgenson and others have commented about this on the Cyborgology blog (http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/).

I'd also second the suggestion of Simon Reynolds' Retromania - with the addition of the various commentaries about his book. More generally, I'd be surprised if this hasn't been discussed much more widely in the context of music subcultures - which is what Reynolds' book mainly concentrates upon (the use of early synthesisers in current electronic music, the widespread practice in heavy metal, punk and 'indie' circles of releasing vinyl, etc. etc.)

Alexander David Pask-Hughes

PhD student
Seminar Tutor for LING204: Discourse Analysis

Department of Linguistics and English Language
Lancaster University

E-mail: a.pask-hughes at lancaster.ac.uk
Twitter: @adpaskhughes

From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org [air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] on behalf of Deller, Ruth A [R.A.Deller at shu.ac.uk]
Sent: 14 November 2013 12:55
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Subject: [Air-L] Retro technologies and memes

Hi all

I'm writing a piece that involves discussion of the use of MS Paint within a particular web culture and I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of articles (whether 'academic' or not) on the trend within web cultures, particularly meme cultures, to deliberately reference 'primitive' or 'retro'-technologies such as Paint? I'm not just interested for this article - we're delivering new modules looking at media technologies soon so any articles about retro cultures in terms of referencing and reusing older technologies would be interesting.

Ruth Deller
Principal Lecturer in Media
Room 9210 Cantor Building, Shefield Hallam University, UK
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