This chapter explores the influence of exceptional online visibility on locations in which Caribbean music videos have been shot, and the implications of such visibility to tourism, music production, and Caribbean colonial legacies. The dramatic impact of digitization and streaming services have globalized local sites of urban poverty in the Caribbean, making them visible to unprecedented number of viewers/listeners around the world, sometimes turning them into tourist destinations. While the impact on music on Caribbean tourism has been the subject of several recent studies, the cost, benefit, and lasting impact of such exceptional visibility are little understood. Grounded in short-term ethnography in San Juan’s (PR) La Perla neighbourhood and Kingston’s (JM) Fleet Street, as well as interviews with residents and online media analysis, we examine the lasting impact of videos such as Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” and Koffee’s “Toast” on the locales in which they were filmed. We argue that disproportionate financial gains to data mining companies like YouTube and Spotify as compared to musical producers and locales require a rethinking of the obligations of big tech to the cultural places that generate so much of their capital.
|Title of host publication||Ambiance, Tourism and the City|
|Editors||Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros, Daniel Paiva, Daniel Malet|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||14|
|State||Published - 2023|