Monday, December 27, 2010

New books on the media industries (and related book review assignment)

As the midterm assignment for my Media Industries graduate seminar (new syllabus to be posted soon), students write up book reviews of recent publications. 

The main requirements I have for selecting a book include:

  1. The book has to have been published in the last three years, thereby increasing the odds that the student can publish their review;
  2. A reasonable amount of the book has to focus on the media industries. (I leave the exact amount open for discussion between myself and the student – they need to make the case.); 
  3. Students have to be able to identify a venue to which they could send it for publication. Prior to writing their reviews, students are advised to read the submission instructions as well as look at sample reviews in a range of journals (e.g., Popular Communication, Cinema Journal, Television and New Media, Scope, etc.). Ideally, those students who are satisfied with their reviews can subsequently send them out for publication.
I tried this assignment for the first time last spring and the students told me they found it to be a worthwhile exercise. They were able to spend a week of the semester focusing on a subject that was of interest to them while also learning to craft an essay that suited the particular (and peculiar?) demands of the scholarly book review format.

A few caveats about this list: I have not had a chance to read many of the books on the list, and thus cannot speak to the extent to which all are focused explicitly on the media industries per se.  Also, not all of the books are by media studies scholars. Indeed, there is a rich body of work on the media industries being generated by journalists, mediamakers, media activists and legal scholars, among others. Further, if I knew the book was going to be released soon and saw that it was already listed on Amazon, I put it on the list.  It would be wonderful if could hyperlink each book to Amazon or add some articles to my list as well, but I can’t set aside that kind of time, at least right now.


Many of the books listed here have been recommended to me by others. Thanks in particular to Ben Aslinger, Jennifer Holt, Cynthia Meyers, and Mark Stewart for their suggestions. I also recommend checking out Aymar Jean Christian’s blog for a more extensive list of canonical essays and books.

If you have recommendations for additional books that I might include, please let me know. I hope this list can prove useful for others trying to keep track of this type of work which, much to my joy, seems to be getting larger and more diverse every year.

Books on the media industries (since 2008) below the jump:

·         Chris Anderson, Free: The Future of a Radical Price (2009)
·         Ken Auletta, Googled: The End of the World as We Know It (2009)
·         Robert Babe, Cultural Studies and Political Economy: Toward a New Integration (2008)
·         Doris Baltruschat, Global Media Ecologies: Networked Production in Film and Television (2010)
·         Nancy Baym, Personal Connections in the Digital Age (2010)
·         Christine Becker, It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s Television (2009)
·         James Bennett and Niki Strange, eds., Television as Digital Media (forthcoming, 2011)
·         Denise Bielby and C. Lee Harrington, Global TV: Exporting Television and Culture in the World Market
·         Robert Alan Brookey, Hollywood Gamers: Digital Convergence in the Film and Video Game Industries (2010)
·         Jean Burgess and Joshua Green, YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture (2009)
·         John Caldwell, Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film & TV (2008)
·         Bill Carter, The War for Late Night (2010)
·         Paul Ceruzzi and William Aspray, eds., The Internet and American Business (2010)
·         Jeff Chester, Digital Democracy: New Media and the Future of Democracy (2008)
·         Michael Curtin and Jane Shattuc, The American Television Industry (2009)
·         Darrell William Davis and Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh, East Asian Screen Industries (2008)
·         Mark Deuze, editor, Managing Media Work (2010)
·         Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter, Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games (2009)
·         Edward Jay Epstein, The Hollywood Economist: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies (2010)
·         Greg Elmer, Locating Migrating Media (2010)
·         Sam Ford, Abigail De Kosnik and C. Lee Harrington, eds., The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era (2010)
·         Des Freedman, The Politics of Media Policy (2008)
·         Mark Garrett Cooper, Universal Women: Filmmaking and Institutional Change in Early Hollywood (2010)
·         Darcy Gerbarg, ed., Television Goes Digital (2010)
·         Jennifer Gillan, Television and New Media (2010)
·         Gerald Goggin, Global Mobile Media (2010)
·         Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu, eds., Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World (2008)
·         Jonathan Gray, Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts (2010)
·         Joshua M. Greenberg, From Betamax to Blockbuster: Video Stores and the Invention of Movies on Video (2010)
·         Stephen R. Greenwald and Paula Landry, This Business of Film: A Practical Guide to Achieving Success in the Film Industry (2009)
·         Jostein Gripsrud, ed., Relocating Television: Television in the Digital Context (2010)
·         Jostein Gripsrud and Lennart Weilbull, eds., Media, Markets and Public Spheres: European Media at the Crossroads (2010)
·         David Hesmondhalgh and Sarah Baker, Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries (2010)
·         Lucas Hilderbrand, Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright (2009)
·         Larissa Hjorth and Dean Chan, eds., Gaming Cultures in Asia-Pacific (2009)
·         Jennifer Holt and Alisa Perren, eds., Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (2009)
·         Lewis Hyde, Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership (2010)
·         Petros Iosifidis, Jeanette Steemers, and Mark Wheeler, European Television Industries (2008)
·         Anne Jackal, European Film Industry (2008)
·         Jeff Jarvis, What Would Google Do? (2009)
·         Jesper Juul, A Casual Revolution: Reinventing Video Games and Their Players (2010)
·         Tom Kemper, Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents (2009)
·         Geoff King, Indiewood, U.S.A.: Where Hollywood Meets Independent Cinema (2009)
·         Eric Klinenberg, Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media (2008)
·         Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald and Ava Seave, The Curse of the Mogul (2009)
·         Marwan M. Kraidy and Joe F. Khalil, Arab Television Industries (2009)
·         Lawrence Lessig, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in a Hybrid Economy (2008)
·         Nicole Laporte, The Men Who Would be King: The Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies and a Company Called DreamWorks (2010)
·         Brian Larkin, Signal and Noise: Media, Infrastructure, and Urban Culture in Nigeria (2008)
·         Amanda Lotz, ed., Beyond Prime Time (2009)
·         Alison Macor, Chainsaws, Slackers and Spykids: Thirty Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas (2010)
·         Robert Marich, Marketing to Moviegoers: A Handbook of Strategies and Tactics (2nd ed., 2009)
·         Denise Mann, Hollywood Independents: The Postwar Talent Takeover (2008)
·         Vicki Mayer, Miranda J. Banks and John T. Caldwell, eds., Production Studies: Cultural Studies of the Media Industries (2009)
·         Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols, The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again (2010)
·         Paul McDonald, Video and DVD Industries (2008)
·         Toby Miller, Nitin Govil, John McMurria, Ting Wang, and Richard Maxwell, Global Hollywood 2 (2008)
·         Ole J. Mjos, Media Globalization and the Discovery Channel Networks (2009)
·         Markus Montola, Jaako Stenros and Annika Waern, eds., Pervasive Games: Theory and Design (2009)
·         Albert Moran, ed., TV Formats Worldwide: Localizing Global Programs (2010)
·         Philip Napoli, Audience Evolution: New Technologies and the Transformation of Media Audiences (2010)
·         Randy Nichols, The Global Videogames Industry (forthcoming, 2011)
·         Jon Reiss, Think Outside the Box Office (2010)
·         Andrew Ross, Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times (2010)
·         Dan Schiller, How to Think about Information (2010)
·         James Schwoch, Global TV: New Media and the Cold War, 1946-69 (2008)
·         Barbara Selznick, Global Television: Co-Producing Culture (2008)
·         Shawn Shimpach, Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero (2010)
·         Robert C. Sickels, ed., The Business of Entertainment (3 volume set, 2008)
·         J.P. Singh, Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (2010)
·         Ted Striphas, The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control (2009)
·         David Suisman, Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music (2009)
·         Kristin Thompson, The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood (2008)
·         Chuck Tryon, Reinventing Cinema: Movies in the Age of Media Convergence (2009)
·         Graeme Turner and Jinna Tay, eds, Television Studies after TV: Understanding Television in the Post-Broadcast Era (2009)
·         Joseph Turow, Niche Envy (2008)
·         Jeff Ulin, The Business of Media Distribution: Monetizing Film, TV and Video Content in an Online World (2009)
·         Siva Vaidnyathan, The Googlization of Everything (forthcoming, 2011)
·         Barbara van Schewick, Internet Architecture and Innovation (2010)
·         Harold L. Vogel, Entertainment Industry Economics: A Guide for Financial Analysis (8th ed., 2010)
·         Janet Wasko and Paul McDonald, eds., The Hollywood Film Industry (2008)
·         Patrik Wikstrom, The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud (2010)
·         Tim Wu, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (2010)
·         Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet – and How to Stop It (2009)


A few additions to the list:
·         Caroline Frick, Saving Cinema (2011) 
·         Robert C. Sickels, American Film in the Digital Age (2010)
·         Steve J. Wertzler, Electric Sounds: Technological Change and the Rise of Mass Media (2008)

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