[POSTPONED] Platforms and Cultural Production

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How are platforms reconfiguring cultural production? Join us for a public seminar with Thomas Poell, David Nieborg and Brooke Erin Duffy.

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This event has been postponed as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of covid-19. You can find out more about King's College London's current measures here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/coronavirus

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, David Nieborg, and Brooke Erin Duffy will discuss their new book Platforms and Cultural Production (Polity, forthcoming), which explores 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. Focusing on news, gaming, and social media entertainment, Poell, Nieborg, and Duffy use two analytical devices to map these trajectories. They distinguish between cultural producers as platform independent or dependent, while simultaneously considering how this affects the formal or informal organization of cultural production, distribution, and monetization. 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.

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Thomas Poell is Associate Professor of New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is principal investigator of the Research Priority Area on Global Digital Cultures at the UvA, vice-director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS), and part of the core team Audiovisual Data and Media Studies of the national infrastructural project CLARIAH (NWO). His research is focused on digital platforms and the transformation of public communication around the globe. He has published on social media and popular protest in Canada, Egypt, Tunisia, India, and China, as well as on the role of these media in the development of new forms of journalism. Poell is co-author of The Platform Society (Oxford University Press, 2018) and of the forthcoming Platforms and Cultural Production (Polity, 2021). Furthermore, he co-edited The Sage Handbook of Social Media (Sage, 2018), Social Media Materialities and Protest (Routledge, 2018), and Global Cultures of Contestation (Palgrave/McMillan, 2017). More about his work can be found here.

David B. Nieborg is 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, the European Journal for Cultural Studies, and Media, Culture and Society. More about his recent work can be found at appstudies.org and gamespace.nl.

Brooke Erin Duffy is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University, where she is also a member of the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program Faculty. Duffy is the author of two monographs on gender and cultural production, including (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work (Yale University Press, 2017) and Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age (University of Illinois Press, 2013). Duffy’s research has been published in such journals as Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, the International Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication, Culture & Critique, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Social Media + Society, and The Communication Review. You can learn more about her work at brookeduffy.com.

This event is part of an ongoing seminar series on "critical inquiry with and about the digital" hosted by the Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London. If you tweet about the event you can use the #kingsdh hashtag or mention @kingsdh. If you'd like to get notifications of future events you can sign up to this mailing list.

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