(2005) The New Cosmopolites: Activating the Role of Mobile Music Listeners

This essay suggests a way of understanding emerging behaviors of mobile music listeners by positing two hypotheses: 1) that geolocation is weakening as a factor in determining personal identity and 2) that musical taste as a general rule is becoming more eclectic. These two tendencies set up the potential to better activate the role of mobile music listeners and the opportunity for designers to facilitate this active role.

Presented at the 2nd International Mobile Music Workshop, held at the 2005 “New Interfaces for Musical Expression” Conference at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

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