Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Thursday, May 29 9:00am-10:30am Vallee-599

Primary Session Category: Sociology of Culture
Session Code: SoCul1-A
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: This panel invites papers that reflect on the changing nature of media and cultural industries in the 21st century. In many ways, we are far less constricted by borders and boundaries in the production and consumption of media and culture; social media outlets such as Twitter have enhanced our ability to connect and stay informed about social movements happening worldwide. Social media has also made it easier for consumers to affect change through fundraising sites like Kickstarter. At the same time, many traditional borders and boundaries persist; the music and film industries in North America remain oligopolistic, and women and visible minorities working in media and cultural industries still confront many invisible boundaries.

Session Organizers and Chairs:
Kim de Laat, University of Toronto, Sociology,
Shyon Baumann, University of Toronto, Sociology


1.     Debra M. Clarke  

The Digitalization of News Production: Implications for Journalistic Labour and News Audiences

2.     Nathan Thompson, Chris Tatham 

 ’Masc only’: Technologically mediated gender reflexivity and the re-assertion of hegemonic masculinity

3.     Lance Stewart  

Beyond Piracy: The Materiality of Digital Objects and the Consumption of Copyright

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