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Playing to the CrowdMusicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection$
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Nancy K. Baym

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479896165

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479896165.001.0001

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The Intimate Work of Connection

The Intimate Work of Connection

(p.1) Introduction The Intimate Work of Connection
Playing to the Crowd

Nancy K. Baym

NYU Press

This introduction lays out the main argument of the book, that musicians are pressured into creating personal relationships with audiences through social media in order to stay economically viable. It argues that this has relevance for people in many fields of work. After discussing the importance of relational work in the gig economy, it offers a brief discussion of music and the musicians on which the book focuses. It explains the concept of “relational labor” and closes with an argument for understanding these relationships through the lens of dialectics

Keywords:   personal relationships, intimacy, dialectics, social media, media industries, music, musicians, audiences, relational labor, gig economy

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