Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media
Media studies scholars have employed the "cultural circuit" model to analyze media in the context of capitalist political economy. This model identifies interrelated "moments' in which the meanings of cultural products are determined, negotiated, and subverted in interaction between producers and audiences. The turbulent evolution of new media, however, requires continuous reflection on the adequacy of conceptual tools. Analysis of recent controversy surrounding the Internet music-exchange service Napster indicates that the cultural circuit model must be modified to accommodate the emerging media of cyber-culture.
This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 06-07-2002, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1207/s15506878jobem4604_7
Taylor, B. C., Demont-Heinrich, C., Broadfoot, K. J., Dodge, J., & Jian, G. (2002). New media and circuit of cyber-culture: Conceptualizing Napster. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 46(4), 607-629. doi: 10.1207/s15506878jobem4604_7