The Apolitical Irony of Generation Mash‐Up: A Cultural Case Study in Popular Music
The mash‐up remix rose to prominence in the early 2000s, spawning fans, amateur participants, and a small social movement. This paper culturally analyzes the influences on and implications of the mash‐up phenomenon. By conducting a close reading of press articles and several interviews and textually analyzing some of the most popular and critically acclaimed tracks, I argue that the mash‐up is a response to larger technological, institutional, and social contexts. Through themes of irony, empowerment, and re‐appropriation, the mash‐up serves as a fitting expression of today's youth media experience.
Popular Music and Society
Serazio, Michael, "The Apolitical Irony of Generation Mash‐Up: A Cultural Case Study in Popular Music" (2008). Communication Faculty Publications. 53.
Serazio, Michael. "The Apolitical Irony of Generation Mash‐Up: A Cultural Case Study in Popular Music." Popular Music and Society 31.1 (2008): 79-94. doi:10.1080/03007760701214815.