Cultural industries

Authored by: Rodrigo Gómez , José Carlos Lozano

The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138479821
eBook ISBN: 9781351064705
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The study of the political, economic, and ideological influences affecting media organizations and their content is usually carried out using the critical perspective of Political Economy. Scholars espousing this approach take as point of departure that contemporary communication industries like newspapers and magazines (→ Journalism, III/32), television networks (→ Television, III/43), film studios (→ Cinema, III/25), recording industries (→ Popular Music Flows, III/16), and digital media organizations (→ Digital Culture, III/28; Social Media, III/41) “play a central double role in modern societies, as industries in their own right and as the major site of the representations and arenas of debate through which the overall system is imagined and argued over” (Wasko et al. 2011, 2).

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