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How are grey market imports changing media industries? What is the role of piracy in developing new markets for movies and TV shows? How do jailbroken iPhones drive innovation? The Informal Media Economy provides a vivid, original, and genuinely transnational account of contemporary media, by showing how the interactions between formal and informal media systems are a feature of all nations rich and poor, large and small. Shifting the focus away from the formal businesses and public enterprises that have long occupied media researchers, this book charts a parallel world of cultural intermediaries driving global media production and circulation. It shows how unlicensed, untaxed, or unregulated networks, which operate across the boundaries of established media markets, have been a driving force of media industry transformation. The book opens up new insights on a range of topical issues in media studies, from the creative disruptions of digitisation to amateur production, piracy and cybercrime.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745670318
  • 9780745670317

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"The Informal Media Economy may be the most significant media studies volume published this year. Reaching beyond the tired platitudes and self-interested rhetoric of media piracy debates, Lobato and Thomas examine the elaborate interdependence between formal and informal media economies. The book ranges across seemingly discrete corners of the media economy, examining such issues as innovation, circulation and value. Along the way, the authors deliver lucid, thoughtful and provocative insights regarding topics that are absolutely central to media industry studies today." Michael Curtin, University of California, Santa Barbara "By examining relations between formal and informal economies, Lobato and Thomas offer a genuinely fresh and important way of understanding media production and media history. Their book is readable, knowledgeable and provocative, and it makes you wonder throughout: why on earth has no one done this before?" David Hesmondhalgh, University of Leeds "This book is a sophisticated and accessible introduction to the growing body of work on informality and media economies. It is full of smart syntheses of complex scholarship and original insights into the study of digital media." Joe Karaganis, Columbia Universityshow more

About Ramon Lobato

Ramon Lobato is an Australian Research Council postdoctoral research fellow at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Julian Thomas is Director of the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technologyshow more

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Formal and informal media 2. Entrepreneurs 3. Work 4. Geographies 5. Regulation 6. Brands 7. Metrics Conclusion References Indexshow more

Review Text

"The Informal Media Economy may be the most significant media studies volume published this year. Reaching beyond the tired platitudes and self-interested rhetoric of media piracy debates, Lobato and Thomas examine the elaborate interdependence between formal and informal media economies. The book ranges across seemingly discrete corners of the media economy, examining such issues as innovation, circulation and value. Along the way, the authors deliver lucid, thoughtful and provocative insights regarding topics that are absolutely central to media industry studies today." Michael Curtin, University of California, Santa Barbara "By examining relations between formal and informal economies, Lobato and Thomas offer a genuinely fresh and important way of understanding media production and media history. Their book is readable, knowledgeable and provocative, and it makes you wonder throughout: why on earth has no one done this before?" David Hesmondhalgh, University of Leeds "This book is a sophisticated and accessible introduction to the growing body of work on informality and media economies. It is full of smart syntheses of complex scholarship and original insights into the study of digital media." Joe Karaganis, Columbia Universityshow more

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