November 9th, 2009

Two Talks This Week

First, tomorrow @ MIT (5:15pm, 14E-310):

What can we learn about contemporary culture from watching dayglo-clad teenagers dancing geekily in front of their computers in such disparate sites as Brooklyn, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, and Mexico City? How has the embrace of “new media” by so-called “digital natives” facilitated the formation of transnational, digital publics? More important, what are the local effects of such practices, and why do they seem to generate such hostile responses and anxiety about the future?


Next, Thursday @ Princeton (4:30pm, McCormick Hall 101):

A roundtable featuring myself and my co-editor Raquel, the brilliant blogger Marisol LeBron, DJ El NiƱo (one of my key consultants while writing my chapter for the book), Ines “Deevani” Rooney (aka, reggaeton singer and sister of Luny), and the great Miguel Luciano (whose Pure Plantainum pic really makes our book cover POP).


  • 1. The Incredible Kid  |  November 9th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Wish I could make the reggaeton roundtable. Would be fascinating to hear “Deevani” speak for herself. I’ve been tracking down the Hindi choruses she lifts, and I’ve got to give it to her, the songs she “samples” might not be all that hot overall, but she grabs the catchy vocal parts all right. If only she could hit the notes as well as the original playback singers.


  • 2. Caro  |  November 10th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I second IK. I once heard the tape of an interview with Deevani that revealed how culturally attuned she is to a lot of things — a DiaspoDominican Deluxe. That’s one powerhouse panel, Wayne, wish I could be there!

  • 3. wayneandwax  |  November 10th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    thx, guys. will report what I learn. if I recall correctly, tho, deevani is actually married to a south asian guy, so that in itself explains a lot.

  • 4. dave quam  |  November 10th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    love these flyers

  • 5. paper writing  |  November 12th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Kindda big banana you have there, Boy! Hehehe

  • 6. jose luis  |  November 12th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    It sounds really cool!!

  • 7. » F&hellip  |  November 17th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    […] (and I’m flattered, really), it turns out that last week’s talk at MIT, “Skinny Jeans and Fruity Loops,” was recorded after all. That said, it’s audio-only whereas my talk was fairly […]

  • 8. Sean  |  November 17th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    would like to read your skinny jeans and fruity loops paper …

  • 9. w&w  |  November 17th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks, Sean (and all). The paper is not really in a readable format, especially since I lost most of my notes in an ill-timed harddrive crash the night before the talk. But the talk is available for listening here (direct mp3 link below):


I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

I represent like that.

wayne at wayneandwax dot com

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