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Jonathan Sterne

MP3: A Hundred-Year History of an 19-Year-Old Format in Under an Hour
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6PM
Theater

There are now more MP3s in circulation than all other forms of recorded audio combined. Through a series of episodes, Jonathan Sterne offers a history of the MP3 format, and uses it to point to a longer, general history of compression in the 20th century. Our most basic ideas of what it means to hear and listen, as well as our ideas of information, are tied to the problems and progress of 20th century media. In its everyday combination of sound, information, and infrastructure, the history of the MP3 offers a radically different story about the meaning of hearing and the origins of digital media.

Main Image: Jonathan Sterne in the theater during his talk in 2012.

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Jonathan Sterne
MP3: A Hundred-Year History of an 19-Year-Old Format in Under an Hour
Wednesday 7
6:00 PM
March 2012
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