Theme Editors: Amanda Lotz, Marion McCucheon and Sue Turnbull
This theme issue of MIA will explore the state of television in the age of the internet – its audiences, its distributors and its content creators. Papers are invited that will explore both the continuities with the past and the changes that are taking place in a current global TV landscape that is characterized by a proliferation of modes of delivery and access, different kinds of content and changes to the ways in which audiences watch television. Topics that might be considered include:
What are the constraints of regulation, existing infrastructure and entrenched interests? To what extent will the future of television to be determined by what has gone before? Will rule-makers and gatekeepers breaking with the past, allowing a shift to a future where content can be accessed across technologies and borders? What are the roles of local content and local content quotas in an increasingly globalized industry?
How are the old “rules” of global and domestic television businesses being challenged? For example, does easier access to global mass markets mean an increasing dominance of the ‘blockbuster’ in television as well as film? And if audiences are gravitating to global hit content, how do content creators adapt? Is increased competition for content from digitised broadcast channels and internet-enabled streaming services opening new opportunities for content creators?
Content and Reception
We would also like to invite submissions that consider issues of content and audience practices. How do today’s audiences consume television? How does internet-distributed television enables new ways to monetize content? How do changing distribution windows affect the type of content that is being produced and the ways in which it is being consumed?
Full articles (5000 words maximum) will need to be submitted by 9 January 2017 via the MIA website submission system.
Queries should be sent to Sue Turnbull at: firstname.lastname@example.org