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The Ringtone Dialectic - a book by Gopinath, Sumanth

The Ringtone Dialectic

Economy and Cultural Form

The Ringtone Dialectic( )
Author: Gopinath, Sumanth
Publication Date:Jul 2013
Publisher:MIT Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $39.00
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A decade ago, the customizable ringtone was ubiquitous. Almost any crowd of cell phone owners could produce a carillon of tinkly, beeping, synthy, musicalized ringer signals. Ringtones quickly became a multi-billion-dollar global industry and almost as quickly faded away. In The Ringtone Dialectic, Sumanth Gopinath charts the rise and fall of the ringtone economy and assesses its effect on cultural production.

Gopinath describes the technical and economic structure of...
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