From audio broadcasting to video streaming: The impact of digitalization on music broadcasting among the swedish-speaking minority of Finland

Johannes Brusila, Kim Ramstedt

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Abstract

This paper investigates how digitalization has affected the role that Finland’s Public Service Broadcasting Company (YLE) plays for the popular music culture of the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland. Drawing on theories from popular music and cultural industry studies, the study explores to what extent new technology has changed practices, structures and perspectives of minority artists. The paper, which forms a sub-study of a larger research project on the impact of digitalization on minority music, focuses on two case studies, the comic duo Pleppo and comedian/ artist Alfred Backa. The analysis illustrates how important the public service broadcasting company still is for minority culture despite the structural changes caused by digitalization. However, the radio’s quality norms have led to a paradoxical situation where the digital productions of the musicians need to compete with the technical standards of the international entertainment industry, whereas the channels’ own productions can follow DIY norms. As the broadcasting company is increasingly moving its focus towards the web, it must in the future achieve a balance between the different dynamics of commercial interests, controversial creativity and traditional public broadcasting objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-159
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of European Popular Culture
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts

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