The online bluegrass community is under continuous development, engaging with the Internet as front porch, classroom, and marketplace. Bluegrass music balances between tradition and modernity � some participants applaud the shift to online networks as a welcome way to connect with the global audience, while others bemoan high-tech bluegrass as heresy for departing from its unplugged, down-home image and face-to-face interactions. Based on ethnographic research undertaken as a participant-observer in the on and offline bluegrass community/ies, I examine online interactions among bluegrass musicians, fans, and industry figures as a lens through which to examine community in the bluegrass music culture at large. I discuss the overlap of on and offline community and three main ideas relating to online bluegrass community � relationships, virtuality and reality, and text and communication. These ideas reflect three of the most prominent themes in on and offline bluegrass community today. The goal of this study is to understand how bluegrass fans enact community in today�s changing, modern world. On a larger scale, this study represents how people, specifically those with interest and practice based connections, negotiate and enact community activity and a sense of community with the tools available.
Leonard, Katy E.,
"The High Lonesome Web: Navigating Bluegrass Community on the Internet"
Ethnomusicology Theses and Dissertations.
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