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

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How digital technology is upending the traditional creative industries--and why that's a good thing

The digital revolution poses a mortal threat to the major creative industries--music, publishing, television, and the movies. Cheap, easy self-producing is eroding the position of the 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 digital renaissance. Analyzing decades of production and sales data, as well as bestseller and best-of lists, Waldfogel finds that the new digital model is just as powerful at generating high-quality, successful work as the old industry model, and in many cases more so.

About the Author


Joel Waldfogel holds the Frederick R. Kappel Chair at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. His books include Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays (Princeton). Twitter @JWaldfogel
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691208640
ISBN-10: 0691208646
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: December 8th, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English