Comments on: Original or Exclusive? Shifts in Television Financing and Distribution Shift Meanings Responses to Media and Culture Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:35:04 +0000 hourly 1 By: Cynthia Meyers Fri, 01 Jan 2016 16:54:32 +0000 Great post–I’m looking forward to the future dissertations on how today’s narrative forms (lengths, episodes, acts, beats, etc.) are shifting in response to changes in business models (interruptive advertising -> subscription streaming) and platforms (linear -> nonlinear). I hope those dissertations will also look backward (at forms such as serialized Victorian novels in magazines, sponsored entertainment in the radio era) as they connect context to text.

This post also highlights that how programs are identified (by network, distributor, platform, or producer, etc.) has more to do with industrial and cultural hierarchies than with actual “authorship”! For example, the ad agency BBDO, although credited as a partial author in the podcast text, is often missing from media coverage of General Electric’s hit sci-fi podcast “The Message”–lacking the cultural legitimation as “author” perhaps?