Media@Sydney Webinar: Platforms and Cultural Production
Platforms and Cultural Production
This book talk explores both the processes and implications of platformization.
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. The recently released book Platforms and Cultural Production (Polity, 2021) explores both the processes and implications of platformization across the cultural industries. The book identifies key changes in markets, infrastructures, and governance at play in this ongoing transformation, as well as pivotal shifts in the practices of labor, creativity, and democracy. Three particular industries – news, gaming, and social media creation – are foregrounded. The book aims to provide a novel conceptual framework that is grounded in illuminating case studies to understand what the stakes are for understandings of platform power.
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. David published on the game industry, apps and platform economics, and games journalism in academic outlets such as New Media & Society, Social Media + Society and Media, Culture and Society. He is the co-author of Platforms and Cultural Production (Polity, 2021) with Thomas Poell and Brooke Erin Duffy.
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