“Internet vernacular creativity. Vaporwave, counterculture and copyright” presented by Gómez


Session Title:

  • Vernacular Creativity and Reflective Practices

Presentation Title:

  • Internet vernacular creativity. Vaporwave, counterculture and copyright




  • This article stems from ethnographic fieldwork I carried out in 2019 on the virtual platforms where vaporwave is developed. Vaporwave is a countercultural phenomenon between a musical genre and a meme developed entirely on the Internet since 2010. In this text I show how copyright laws and technologies operating in the context of vaporwave’s creation traverse and affect its creative forms and processes. Based on this case study of Internet vernacular creativity, I encourage an approach to digital countercultural or folkloric movements by putting into dialogue their symbolic dimension and the sociological, technological and legal bases on which they develop.