Rates of change : online distribution as disruptive technology in the film industry

Cunningham, Stuart D., Silver, Jon, & McDonnell, John (2010) Rates of change : online distribution as disruptive technology in the film industry. Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, pp. 119-132.

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Much debate in media and communication studies is based on exaggerated opposition between the digital sublime and the digital abject: overly enthusiastic optimism versus determined pessimism over the potential of new technologies. This inhibits the discipline's claims to provide rigorous insight into industry and social change which is, after all, continuous. Instead of having to decide one way or the other, we need to ask how we study the process of change.This article examines the impact of online distribution in the film industry, particularly addressing the question of rates of change. Are there genuinely new players disrupting the established oligopoly, and if so with what effect? Is there evidence of disruption to, and innovation in, business models? Has cultural change been forced on the incumbents? Outside mainstream Hollywood, where are the new opportunities and the new players? What is the situation in Australia?

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ID Code: 39387
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: motion picture industry australia, mass media, downloading of data, internet social aspects, television programs, film, online distribution, film distribution
ISSN: 1329-878X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Authors.
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2011 03:48
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:27

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