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The Ringtone DialecticEconomy and Cultural Form$
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Sumanth Gopinath

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019156

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019156.001.0001

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Left Behind: Case Studies of Decline and Recapitulation in the Ringtone as Representation

Left Behind: Case Studies of Decline and Recapitulation in the Ringtone as Representation

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The Ringtone Dialectic
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Sumanth Gopinath

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019156.003.0003

What happens when to an older technological form that is supplanted when a newer one is incorporated into everyday social life in its place? This chapter addresses that question, and in the case of ringtones, the chapter examines practices and qualities associated with the monophonic ringtone, the ease of use of choosing and inputting a ringtone, as well as the predominance of western classical music in its repertoire. The chapter asks what was lost as a result of technical advances including polyphonic ringtones and digital sound files, seemingly universally acclaimed by all.

Keywords:   monophonic ringtone, polyphonic ringtone, classical music, digital sound files, technical advances

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