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

Stuart Cunningham, Jon Silver, John McDonnell

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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?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-132
Number of pages14
JournalMedia International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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