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.
<i>Platforms and Cultural Production</i> explores both the processes and implications of platformization across the cultural industries. Poell, Nieborg, and Duffy identify 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. Though they foreground the implications for three particular industries – news, gaming, and social media creation – the authors also draw upon examples from music, advertising, and more. Diverse in its geographic scope, the book builds on the latest research and accounts from across North America, Western Europe, Southeast Asia, and China to reveal crucial differences and surprising parallels in the trajectories of platformization across the globe.
Offering a novel conceptual framework that is grounded in illuminating case studies, this book is essential for students, scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners seeking to understand how the institutions and practices of cultural production are transforming –and what the stakes are for understandings of platform power.