Classical Music Culture and Users on YouTube

Yesterday, at the Internet Research 11 conference, I presented the first findings from a small pet project of mine: the study of classical music culture and classical music fans on YouTube.  In the study, I have so far looked at which kind of classical music videos you can find on YouTube and I have carried a analysis of the +5000 comments on two videos with two different sopranos (Maria Callas and Anna Netrebko) singing the aria “Casta Diva” from Bellini’s opera Norma.

Findings so far:
General insight: classical music user also exhibit fan behaviour (not surprising, but surprisingly few people have written academic articles about them as fans until now). Their  “fan” behaviour might not be that different (?!) from other music fans, but it is still interesting to reflect on how in particular classical music use practices and appraisal norms are reframed and changed by a particular social media format. In my further work, I would like to look in more detail at at the way the hardcore fans or “connoisseurs” frame themselves as music authorities in the ongoing discussions of what is “good singing” or not.

The comment analysis:
- only 0.1 % of the viewers of the Maria Callas video have posted comments
- 84 people have commented on both videos
- you can find very knowledgeable “opera fans” amongst the commenters, discussing technical aspects of singing and the singers, using also other YouTube videos as reference framework
… but most commenters appear to be avid fans of either of the two singers (Callas & Netrebko), posting either a one or two comments of praise or engaging in long hateful flamewars against each other, using very strong language
- around 10 people have each posted more than 100 comments in sum on the two videos

Slides from my presentation (with more detailed info) is available here (for a short while, as I plan to turn this research into a journal article).

Global landsby, dansk forsamlinghus eller?? Hvad laver vi på Facebook?

UK summary: This post presents a survey on how people living in Denmark and Danes living abroad uses Facebook. Since the survey is in Danish and the post is intended to give a bit of background on the survey to respondents, the post is also in Danish. Findings from the survey will be presented at the Internet Research 11 conference, and later here, in English.

Hvad bruger vi egentligt sociale netværkssites som Facebook til? Er det steder, hvor vi forbinder os med resten af verden, og som derfor også er et godt bud på hvad en “global landsby” er? Eller er det steder, hvor vi mest taler med folk, vi kender fra vores eget fødeland om ting, vi allerede har til fælles? Med andre ord, og lidt skarpt formuleret: hvor “danske” er danskerne* på Facebook, og hvor orienterede mod udlandet er de folk, der bor i Danmark, men har et andet fødeland? Det er et meget relevant spørgsmål at stille, synes jeg, ikke mindst i et land som Danmark, hvor Facebook er blevet så populært. Og derfor har jeg søsat en spørgeskemaundersøgelse, der måske kan give nogle svar på disse spørgsmål.

Hvis du vil deltage i undersøgelsen “Hvad laver vi på Facebook”, så klik på dette link.  Du kan vinde en tur i biffen for to, hvis du deltager.

Jeg har også lavet en Facebook-gruppe for undersøgelsen. Den finder du her.

Når undersøgelsen er færdig, vil jeg præsentere de første fund på konferencen Internet Research 11 i et panel, hvor en lille gruppe forskere fra IT Universitetets nyetablerede Center for Netværkskultur diskuterer, hvad netværkskultur egentligt vil sige og hvordan vi kan forstå den. Jeg vil også prøve at lave en lille rapport om undersøgelsens fund, som jeg lægger ud her på bloggen. Så hold øje med bloggen her, mere følger!

* I undersøgelsen, såvel som her, anvender jeg ordet “dansker” i den statistiske definition af ordet: her betyder “dansker” en person, der har mindst een forælder, der er født i Danmark og med dansk statsborgerskab.

My 2010 publications (out and upcoming)

Publicationwise, 2010 is turning out to be a really good year, where Im harvesting the fruit of, in some cases, several years of work.

 First and foremost, I’m happy to announce that our reader The International Handbook of Internet Research (eds. Hunsinger, Klastrup and Allen) is finally out and can be bought via the publisher Springer’s website (plus on Amazon and other places). The book contains more than 30 articles by researchers from the US, Australia and Europe, showcasing a multitude of perspective on internet studies. I have uploaded the table of contents of the book here for inspiration.  Apart from co-editing the book, I have also contributed with a chapter of my own: “Understanding Online (Game) worlds”.   

I’m also proud to have a chapter in another anthology, which is the result of a very interesting seminar on multimodality that I attended last year. The anthology is titled  Skrift/Bilde/Lyd, it is edited by my versatile Norwegian colleague Martin Engebretsen and contains a number of articles on how to analyse multimodal texts, not the least digital texts. My article is titled: “Når handlingsrummet bliver en modalitet: om spilæstetisk analyse af websites”. You can get the book via the publisher’s (Høyskoleforlaget) homepage. If you are student or researcher and want to take a look at my article, send me a mail and I’ll be happy to send you a final draft version of it.

With my colleague, Ida Engholm,  I have published an extended paper, expanding the paper “Websites as Artefacts : A New Model for Website Analysis” which we presented at the New Media and Interactivity Conference in Istanbul earlier this year. You can find the extended version of the paper here. In the paper, we present what we believe is an operational model for the analysis of both “web 1.0″ and “web 2.0″ websites. It includes an analysis of Issey Miyake’s website and a Facebook profile.

I have also published a small article in the journal Language at Work, where I discuss how to use social media for professional (research) communication. It is titled “Professionally Social: Using Social Media for Professional (Research) Communication” and can be downloaded from the journal’s website.

Locally, the Danish website Designværkstedet (a portal for Danish teachers) has published a small article presenting some of my thoughts on statusupdates on Facebook as a new form of storytelling:  Sociale fortællinger – statusopdateringers funktion på sociale netværkssites.
 
In the pipeline  is an article for anthology on Lord of the Rings Online, written with Susana Tosca, about Lord of the Rings as a transmedial worlds. I’m currently also working on an expanded version on my IAMCR paper on Facebook groups as “affective audiences” (see this blogpost) to be published as article in international journal plus preparing a paper on classicual music culture on YouTube.  And I am still trying to find time to work on my book on a narratology for social media.

Slides from my IAMCR confpres on Facebook groups and audiences

Update: Slides are now withdrawn – but you are welcome to contact me via email if you want to see them and/or read the working paper, on which the presentation is based.

As promised in my presentation, here are my slides from the presentation “Publics for a day? The affective “audiences” on Facebook” with some graphs and stats regarding the emergence, posting patterns, life cycle etc of three Danish Facebook groups, created as reaction to some major news stories. Since this is work in progress, the slides will only be available until Sunday July 25th, after which they will be withdrawn, as I want to turn my findings and the paper on this subject (which should be available in the IAMCR2010 “proceedings”)  into a proper journal paper soon… Comments much welcome :) .

Residential Aviz, Porto, Portugal is closed down by official authorities

Im posting this to help other travellers to the city of Porto, Portugal. If you consider booking the small hotel “Residential Aviz”,  Av Rodriguez de Freitas 451, it has been closed by the official authorities and you will be reallocated to another hotel on arrival, have to walk there (10 min), and might risk ending up in a worse hotel of lesser quality (I was in fact taken from the replacement hotel to a 3rd “residential” with 2 star ranking, on the 4th floor with no elevator and the worst bed I ever slept in). Just so you be warned!

The attitude of the female receptionist in Aviz was the most arrogant Ive ever experienced in a hotel, not a word of excuse, just rude instructions to the replacement hotel! They dont deserve to get any future customers. They will likely reopen but there was no indication when, when I was there.

 Lisbeth, July 23rd, 2010.