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City Pop and the rise of Internet Music

By Daniel Viegas
Medill Reports

Music is never something created within a vacuum. Time and place are the cornerstones for the very essence of a musical genre. These, along with culture, identity, politics and society all formulate trends within the musical space. Yet, the world no longer quite holds the same boundaries it once did. The internet has expanded to allow globalization to remove the shackles of proximity and temporal vicinity.

Right now, the internet is creating and cultivating its own culture based on the new connected world. This culture impacts the music itself with the internet housing genres that could only have formulated community within the digital space. 2018 saw the rise of a new genre that overtook YouTube. Unlike those before it, this was not so much a remix, but a rejuvenation and resurrection.

For Medill Newsmakers we explore the music, fans, curators and the rise of ‘City Pop’ from 1980’s Japan.

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Smash Saturdays bring the faithful to a 17-year-old game

By Daniel Viegas
Medill Reports

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now a month away from launching on the Nintendo Switch. The upcoming Nintendo fighter has fans shaking in anticipation, but that doesn’t mean the Super Smash Bros. Melee community is slowing down. The now 17-year-old game still holds a dedicated playerbase that is thriving even as the dawn of a new Smash Bros. approaches. At a small cafe in Evanston, IL., players gather weekly to keep the competitive spirit burning.

Photo at top: A gamer plays a 17-year-old game at a weekly gathering. (Daniel Viegas/MEDILL)