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Filk (folk) music creation and community in the digital age 
26th-Oct-2016 10:46 am
This paper was archived at Butler University on October 24th.

Folk Music in a Digital Age: The Importance of Face-to-Face Community Values in Filk Music

I postulate that the face-to-face group creativity and co-creation in filk is based on a fluid and permeable performer/audience boundary, allowing individual and group expression to happen simultaneously. This in-person, real-time, deeply immersive co-created experience reinforces a strong sense of community, making face-to-face interaction highly valued.
26th-Oct-2016 03:56 pm (UTC)
If you ever get the chance GO SEE Jonathan Coulton live. AND? And go talk to him afterwards. Just tell him how much you appreciated the show and thank him and then stand back and watch him blush and dig his toe into the sidewalk with his hands in his pockets going, "Aww... shucks. Thanks for COMING! I mean... it's just wonderful that you were here.. and aw,.. darn, I just.. really appreciate it. Thank you."
26th-Oct-2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
We saw him back in June. We didn't stay to talk to him though. Around here, the geeks and nerds are thick on the ground, and we didn't feel like waiting in the throng.
26th-Oct-2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
Here it is... spotty, but powerful. We just hosted WorldCon last year.. and being close to Seattle and Portland get us some serious nearby nerdculture.

We saw They Might Be Giants opened by Jonathan Coulton. Me and my friend were SUPER into the show in the front row and right beside us some guys shout, "Hey!! You're famous on the internet! Can I take a picture of you?!?!" and I turn around like, "WTF? No I'm not..." and that is when I realize I was standing RIGHT NEXT to HANK GREEN .. and did NOT even notice. *epicfail* But that poor guy had to come in from MONTANA! Now... that is tough.
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