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Talk: Media Industries and Digital Platforms

Event Details

March 22, 2019
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center

Room: Comm Hub

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Jonathan Ong

The increasing power of streaming services as intermediaries to music and television content brings with it the increasing penetration of tech companies into the realm of culture.

There are political-economic and moral- economic implications in terms of ownership of intellectual property, user privacy and questions of transparency. There are also cultural implications, including for example the increasing importance of music playlists, many of them ‘mood-driven’, and across music and television the use of algorithms to organise user ‘discovery’.

This talk considers these developments and implications, and the degree to which they represent positive ones for those committed to cultural democracy.



The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.