Digital Media Distribution: Portals, Platforms, Pipelines

Paul McDonald (Editor), Courtney Brannon Donoghue (Editor), Timothy Havens (Editor)

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A deep dive into the new era of digital content production and distribution

In the twenty-first century, the platforms that both create and host content have become nearly as important as media itself. Companies such as Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube have attained a massive hold on the public imagination and have become an almost ineluctable part of people’s everyday lives. While the workings of media distribution had until very recently remained inconsequential to the average consumer, the recent popularization of various online platforms has made the question of distribution immediate to everyone.

Digital Media Distribution: Portals, Platforms, Pipelines provides a timely examination of the multifaceted distribution landscape in a moment of transformation and conceptualizes media distribution as a complex site of power, privilege, and gatekeeping. These tensions have local, national, and global consequences on the autonomy of creative workers, as well as on how we gain access to, engage with, and understand cultural products. Drawing on original research into distribution practices in industries as diverse as television, film, videogames, literature, and adult entertainment, each chapter explores how digitization has changed media distribution and its broader economic, industrial, social, and cultural implications.

Bringing together experts from around the world and across the media industries, Digital Media Distribution: Portals, Platforms, Pipelines presents a vast array of critical approaches and illustrative case studies for understanding the factors that have an impact on the way media travels and moves throughout our digital lives.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNew York University Press
Number of pages392
ISBN (Electronic)9781479806805
ISBN (Print)9781479806782, 9781479806775
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameCritical Cultural Communication
PublisherNew York University Press


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