From the Field - Spring 2012

Journal of Media Economics,
Volume 25,
Issue 2,
June 15, 2012

This article compares two institutional designs to selling broadcasting rights to Italian soccer (football) matches, one where soccer clubs individually sold broadcasting rights and a new design where laws imposed pooling and joint-selling those rights through the league. This article explores the intervention of state policy in media and sport economics.

Flow,
Volume 15,
Issue 12,
May 19, 2012

Dixon examines the transition from film to digital formats, arguing there will eventually no longer be a choice between the two as 35mm and 16mm film stops getting produced and exhibitors are forced to convert to digital projectors and use Key Delivery Message (KDM) encrypted files. This is a result of studio control, Dixon suggests, and inevitably leads to the loss of a specific film viewing experience that digital formats cannot recreate. 

First Monday,
Volume 17,
Issue 5,
May 7, 2012

Ly et al. review the literature on net neutrality in combination with interview evidence gleaned from four individuals representing different viewpoints of major stakeholders in Canada to suggest stakeholders have far less polarized opinions than normally depicted. The scholars contend that future debates on net neutrality should avoid politics and focus on the core components of the issues.

International Journal of Cultural Studies,
Volume 15,
Issue 3,
May 2012

Contrary to some research on creative city hubs, which suggest cultural features in the inner city are the primary driver of creative labor migration, Flew’s study of creative workers in Brisbane and Melbourne suggests a number of creative laborers are happy with living and working in suburban areas divorced from the cultural center of cities. His findings suggest a reevaluation of urban cultural policy and the development of inner urban creative industry amenities.

International Journal of Cultural Studies,
Volume 15,
Issue 3,
May 2012

Phelps argues that simple distinctions between the creative economies of cities and suburbs are increasingly untenable while highlighting the inventive or creative character of suburban economies historically and today. He asks future academic and policy research to address suburban contributions to the creative industries.

Telecommunications Policy,
Volume 36,
Issue 4,
May 2012

Cave and Martin offer suggestions for future spectrum management, suggesting regulators should adapt regulation to the prospect of widespread sharing by expanding usage rights for public and private spectrum users. The two scholars also give a number of examples of how these expanded usage rights might look. 

Media Culture and Society,
Volume 34,
Issue 4,
May 2012

Using a cultural mediation framework, Bai explores Chinese writers participating in the development of anticorruption dramas. Bai suggests Chinese media professionals act as cultural brokers to mediate between divergent needs and demands, generating more ideological openness and polysemy while also reinscribing a state ideology via a neoliberal lens.

Flow,
Volume 15,
Issue 10,
April 9, 2012

Shahaf interrogates the recent success of Israeli TV drama formats sold to U.S. studios by looking at discourses around the history and unique constraints of the Israeli industry, the cultural connections between Israeli and U.S. audiences, and the perceived Jewish connection between Hollywood and Tel Aviv. Shahaf also calls for an expanded understanding of TV formats that includes less formulaic or predictable programs like dramas and encourages a de-westernization of Television Studies.

Flow,
Volume 15,
Issue 10,
April 9, 2012

Sterne asks what if interactivity in “new media” serves the same interests that passivity did for older media. This is especially salient when considering the many ways media companies try to monetize the activities of their audiences and users.

Telecommunications Policy,
Volume 36,
Issue 3,
April 2012

Games for mobile platforms are some of the most successful mobile applications and showcase the increasing range of platforms for the media and entertainment industries. Feijoo et al. explore the future of mobile gaming, including the centrality of games to mobile technologies, the challenges to this outcome, and recommendations for policy options that could assist this development.

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