For each module you will be expected to complete a short writing concerning the topics covered by the lecture and readings for that module and insert it as a text entry below. Please do not put your name in the text box with your writing. This GEC Writing Assignment is to be no less than 400 words, and no more than 500 words, in length, and will be assessed taking into account five areas: 1) word count; 2) summarize the key changes in scholarly perspective over time on the effects of technology on song/file sharing; 3) critically compare and contrast the opposing claims regarding the impact of song/file sharing on popular culture, mass media and the music business; 4) present a case for solving the problems that were created by the establishment of song/file sharing; 5) clear expression of the writer’s perspective on the subject matter; and, 6) use of proper grammar and punctuation.
For module 8, your paper should reflect your knowledge of how song-sharing sites like Napster and iTunes changes the manner in which consumers interact with a “physical product,” and your understanding of lawsuits filed by organizations like RIAA and bands like Metallica against illegal song-sharing sites and individual offenders
About Module 8
SONG SHARING (1980s-Today)
Module 8 covers events that occurred between the 1980’s and today. Of primary interest will be song sharing and its effect on music distribution and the music industry.
Introduction to Module 8
Module 8 covers chapter 10 in our book and the onset of the digital age. Throughout the MTV
era and barreling towards the new Millennium, advances in technology began to occur at a
blindingly faster pace than they had in the first 80 years of the 20th century. Ways in which to
share songs became more advanced with the times.
One could have made a cassette mix tape of their favorite Madonna and Run DMC tunes in the
80s, burned a CD of their top 10 boy band songs in the late 90s, or even create an all-Metallica
playlist on a revolutionary service that caused a shift of monumental proportions in the music
industry– the file-sharing software infamously known as Napster. Without the restraints of a
physical product, the mainstay of 20th century music consumerism, a song could be shared to
anyone with a computer and internet access.
MP3 may be an altogether mundane term for you at present time, but few file formats have
caused more of an uproar in a single industry. The problematic nature of a digital product is
inherent to the medium. MP3s created a way to quickly access and store files anywhere. And in
response, files were quickly accessed and stored anywhere, sent anywhere, copied anywhere.
With the onset of the digital age, chapter 10 details how the concept of an album was
transformed into a fairly amorphous concept to listeners who may just purchase or potentially
pirate a single hit song from their favorite artist’s new album.
While reading this chapter, consider where you personally get your music from today and how it
might have changed over the last decade or more. Where do you store your music library? And
how much do you value ease of access? Imagine how you might consume music prior to
streaming services like Spotify or before the rise of torrent sites and digital file-sharing. The
music industry is changing on a yearly basis. And without realizing it, I am sure you are a part of
that change. Funny thought, huh?
Pop Song Piracy: Disobedient Music Distribution since 1929
Read Chapter 10: Song Sharing in the class textbook.