Epilogue

With the decline and the particularization of the ringtone industry’s cultural products, we glimpse the last turn of the dialectic in its final degrees of rotation. There is, of course, a fundamental incompleteness to the story of the ringtone, whose afterlives in the wake of being downgraded from l...

Full description

Published in: The Ringtone Dialectic p. 269
Main Author: Sumanth Gopinath
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: The MIT Press 07-19-2013
Subjects:
Online Access: Get full text
Summary: With the decline and the particularization of the ringtone industry’s cultural products, we glimpse the last turn of the dialectic in its final degrees of rotation. There is, of course, a fundamental incompleteness to the story of the ringtone, whose afterlives in the wake of being downgraded from leading to trailing edge will be numerous and, in part, unforeseeable. Nonetheless, the ringtone is said to be over and done with, and the mobile entertainment industry’s attempt to ennoble it with the term “mobile music”—first as the ringtone industry emerged in the late 1990s, then more vigorously with that industry’s
ISBN: 0262019159
9780262019156