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Research Seminar: Dr Thomas Poell, University of Amsterdam
Platforms and Cultural Production

The development and rapid uptake of digital platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, and WeChat is profoundly reconfiguring cultural production around the globe. Legacy cultural industries—news, gaming, music, television—are experiencing tremendous upheaval, while new industrial formations—live-streaming, social media influencing, and podcasting—are emerging at a breakneck speed. In this talk, Thomas Poell will discuss his new book Platforms and Cultural Production (Polity, forthcoming), co-authored with David Nieborg, and Brooke Erin Duffy, which examines both the processes and implications of this so-called platformization of the cultural industries. Foregrounding simultaneous changes in institutional relations and cultural practices, they define platformization as: the penetration of economic, infrastructural, and governmental extensions of digital platforms into the cultural industries, as well as the reorganization of cultural labour, creativity, and citizenship around these platforms. Exploring how these interrelated changes take shape in different industrial and geographic contexts, they will discuss key variations in the trajectories of transformation. This analytical framework should assist students, scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners in their efforts to understand how the institutions and practices of cultural production are evolving in the era of platforms.

Apr 21, 2021 04:00 PM in London

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