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Title:When "organizing becomes an extension of your brain": DJs, music libraries and information practices
Author(s):Lingel, Jessica
digital media
information practices
community of practice
cultural informatics
human-computer interaction
information organization
social and community informatics
Abstract:As contemporary discourses of technology move from identifying information overload as a general concern to designing applications and conducting investigations that understand information overload on a more granular level, it becomes increasingly important to conceptualize what information overload means in everyday life. This paper addresses issues of being overwhelmed by media, looking specifically at a group of people for whom the stakes of media organization are quite high, namely DJs. With the emergence of digitally-stored music, music enthusiasts have been able to build increasingly large collections, to the extent that users frequently become overwhelmed by tasks of organizing their collections and creating usable playlists. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with 13 DJs, I examine obstacles in organizing digital music. With thick descriptions of how music technologies are and are not meeting the needs of a high-use groups, this paper contributes to human information behavior research on organizational practices in everyday life within a particular community of practice.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Lingel, J. (2013). When “organizing becomes an extension of your brain”: DJs, music libraries and information practices. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 366-376). doi:10.9776/13214
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-30

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