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Locating Power in Platformization: Music Streaming Playlists and Curatorial Power

Prey, R., 18-Jun-2020, In : Social Media + Society. 6, 2, 11 p.

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APA

Prey, R. (2020). Locating Power in Platformization: Music Streaming Playlists and Curatorial Power. Social Media + Society, 6(2). https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305120933291

Author

Prey, Robert. / Locating Power in Platformization : Music Streaming Playlists and Curatorial Power. In: Social Media + Society. 2020 ; Vol. 6, No. 2.

Harvard

Prey, R 2020, 'Locating Power in Platformization: Music Streaming Playlists and Curatorial Power', Social Media + Society, vol. 6, no. 2. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305120933291

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Locating Power in Platformization : Music Streaming Playlists and Curatorial Power. / Prey, Robert.

In: Social Media + Society, Vol. 6, No. 2, 18.06.2020.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Vancouver

Prey R. Locating Power in Platformization: Music Streaming Playlists and Curatorial Power. Social Media + Society. 2020 Jun 18;6(2). https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305120933291


BibTeX

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