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Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us about the Future of Popular Culture
Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us about the Future of Popular Culture
Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us about the Future of Popular Culture
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Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us about the Future of Popular Culture

Written by Joel Waldfogel

Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

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The digital revolution poses a mortal threat to the major creative industries — music, publishing, television, and the movies. The ease with which digital files can be copied and distributed has unleashed a wave of piracy with disastrous effects on revenue. Cheap, easy self-publishing is eroding the position of these gatekeepers and guardians of culture. Does this revolution herald the collapse of culture, as some commentators claim? Far from it.

In Digital Renaissance, Joel Waldfogel argues that digital technology is enabling a new golden age of popular culture, a veritable digital renaissance.

By reducing the costs of production, distribution, and promotion, digital technology is democratizing access to the cultural marketplace. More books, songs, television shows, and movies are being produced than ever before. Nor does this mean a tidal wave of derivative, poorly produced kitsch; analyzing decades of production and sales data, as well as best-seller and best-of lists, Waldfogel finds the new digital model is just as successful at producing high-quality, successful work as the old industry model, and in many cases more so.

Are we drowning in a tide of cultural silt or living in a golden age for culture? The answers in Digital Renaissance may surprise you.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateNov 13, 2018
ISBN9781684416257
Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us About the Future of Popular Culture

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Joel Waldfogel

Joel Waldfogel is the Ehrenkranz Professor and Chair of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Tyranny of the Market and has been a columnist for Slate.

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    Excellent presentation of the data and story behind the digitisation of cultural and creative industries. I especially enjoyed the chapter near the end, showing how unfounded the fears of American cultural imperialism among a certain type of European can get. Highly recommended.