iCon of a generation

Hickey, Andrew (2008) iCon of a generation. In: iPod and philosophy: iCon of an ePoch. Popular Culture and Philosophy (34). Carus, Chicago, United States, pp. 131-144. ISBN 978-0-812-69651-6


This chapter argues that the iPod and similar digital accoutrements of youth operate as a simulacrum of 'youth-ness'. Represented in the mass-communication networks of contemporary Western locales, 'youthness' maintains a set of specific thematic tropes repeated throughout the cultural network. Using the iPod as a symbolic representation of youthful 'hipness', ideas of youth-ness as commodified through mass communication networks are deconstructed.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2008 by Carus Publishing Company. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2009 01:55
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 02:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: iPod; youthness; youth culture; mobile devices
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5610

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