Creative Industries: Platforms, Power & Cultural Production

Date & Time:

9th February, 16:00

Location:

Online event; the link will be emailed to those who register.

Information:

In this talk, Thomas Poell and David Nieborg will discuss their new book Platforms and Cultural Production (Polity, 2022), co-authored with Brooke Erin Duffy. The book examines both the processes and implications of platformization across the cultural industries.

 

 

The widespread uptake of digital platforms – from YouTube and Instagram to Twitch and TikTok– is reconfiguring cultural production in profound, complex, and highly uneven ways. Longstanding media industries are experiencing tremendous upheaval, while new industrial formations – live-streaming, social media influencing, and podcasting, among others – are evolving at a breakneck pace. In this talk, Thomas Poell and David Nieborg will discuss their new book Platforms and Cultural Production (Polity, 2022), co-authored with Brooke Erin Duffy. The book examines both the processes and implications of platformization across the cultural industries. The authors identify key changes in markets, infrastructures, and governance at play in this ongoing transformation, as well as pivotal shifts in the practices of labour, creativity, and democracy. Reflecting on these shifts and changes, Poell and Nieborg will discuss how the rise of platforms affects the distribution of power in the cultural industries. For more information about the book: https://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509540501

 

 

About the speakers:

Thomas Poell is Professor of Data, Culture & Institutions at the University of Amsterdam and director of the Research Priority Area on Global Digital Cultures. His research is focused on the societal consequences of the rise of digital platforms. He has published widely on social media and popular protests around the globe, as well as on the role of these media in the development of new forms of journalism. Poell is co-author of three books, including The Platform Society: Public Values in a Connective World (Oxford University Press, 2018).

David B. Nieborg is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam and held visiting and fellowship appointments with MIT, the Queensland University of Technology, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He published widely on the game industry, app and platform economics, and game journalism in academic outlets such as New Media & Society, Social Media + Society and Media, Culture and Society.