The cultural shift created by Web 2.0 is economic as well as creative… John Hartley (2007), in his book ‘Creative Industries’ describes the move from a ‘demand-led’ market to a ‘social network’ market. Hartley describes these changes as a shift to ‘ long-tail economics’ .
Long Tail Economics suggests that businesses are increasingly realising that the best way to make money is to sell less of more , to create more niche markets , to diversify. This becomes the long tail theory of media production - the spread of small chunks of media content at the opposite end of the body to the head, which is where the big institutions make hugely popular media products like The Dark Knight (2008) or the final of the X Factor in 2009 .
Most viewed event of 2011? Royal wedding watched by 24.5 million on UK terrestrial TV – 2 billion worldwide (est)
Most money - 2009? Well in November 2009 Modern Warfare 2 ’s first day sales of $310 dwarfed that year’s best opening weekend takings for a film - the $158.4 million earned by The Dark Knight , which hit cinemas in July 2009.
Most money - 2010? Call of Duty: Black Ops surpassed the $1 billion worldwide sales mark after just six weeks of availability. In just its first day of availability, Call of Duty: Black Ops took $360 million in worldwide revenue. The game then became the biggest entertainment launch in history , making $650 million in its first five days of availability. Modern Warfare 2 made $550 million during its first five days on store shelves. It took Modern Warfare 2 approximately two months to reach the $1 billion worldwide sales figure Black Ops surpassed in six weeks. The best opening weekend for a film in 2010? Iron Man 2 – which took $128 million in its opening weekend and $312 million overall…
Most money - 2011? In July 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 became the biggest film of all time taking $169 million in its opening weekend and $380 million so far… However it still is unlikely to be the biggest entertainment event of 2011…
Most money - 2011? In July 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 became the biggest film of all time taking $169 million in its opening weekend and $380 million so far… However it still is unlikely to be the biggest entertainment event of 2011… Because this is…
Describing the implications of this long tail of media distribution, Hartley suggests that the liberating potential of Web 2.0 might be as important as the emergence of mass literacy in the 17 th century or the introduction of mass public schooling a century ago. So this part of your exam is about exploring theories like postmodernism, universal digital literacy, Web 2.0 and the We-media phenomenon - 'one minute you're a fan, the next you're signing autographs'...
Today, after more than a century of electric technology, we have extended our central nervous system in a global embrace, abolishing both space and time as far as our planet is concerned…The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village . Marshall McLuhan (1964) The world is fragmenting into niche audiences on a global scale.
How are ‘we-media’ stars examples of the ‘global village’? Most watched TV show in the UK in 2009 Britain ’s Got Talent Final 68% audience share – 18.2 million viewers 120 million views on YouTube
Hopefully you now think of the media as a range of networks via which we can decide to participate, to whatever degree we like, in creative, communicative, collaborative and democratic activities, and not as a group of powerful institutions trying to influence us.
However, it is only the developed world that ’s close to being like this as less than 20% of the world has any broadband connection at all
Academics call this difference the ‘digital divide’ (1996).
The most popular Web 2.0 sites are owned by huge companies, so every moment of democratic We-media social networking makes money for the big corporations - the same ones that were making billions from Web 1.0.
Who owns Web 2.0? Google began in January 1996, as a research project by Larry Page, who was soon joined by Sergey Brin, when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in California. In 2000, Google began selling advertisements associated with search keywords. The ads were text-based to maintain an uncluttered look and to maximize page loading speed. Keywords were sold based on a combination of price bid and clickthroughs, with bidding starting at 0.5 cents per click (about 2p). In late 2006, Google bought the online video site YouTube for $1.65 billion.
Who owns Web 2.0? In 2006, Google and News Corporation entered into a $900 million agreement to provide search and advertising on the popular social networking site, MySpace . News Corporation is the world's second-largest media conglomerate (behind The Walt Disney Company) and the world's third largest in entertainment as of 2009. It bought MySpace in July 2005 for $580 million. MySpace was the most popular social networking site in June 2006, however it was overtaken internationally by its main competitor, Facebook, in April 2008.
Last.fm is a UK-based Internet radio and music community website, founded in 2002. It has 30 million active users based in over 200 countries. On 30 May 2007, CBS Interactive acquired it for £140m. Who owns Web 2.0? CBS Interactive is an American company and division of the CBS Corporation . CBS Corporation is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards and television, with most of its operations in the United States. It owns familiar web brands CNET, mp3.com, download.com amongst others.
A Hitwise report suggest that only 0.16% of YouTube visitors upload video;
0.2% of Flickr visitors upload photos,
Wikipedia is edited or expanded by only 4.59% of users.
So most of us are using the Web 2.0 sites to read, watch, play and listen and not to create and upload, which is how we were using 'old media ‘.
And if Web 2.0 companies are owned by ‘old media’ institutions
Are we really in an age of unbounded creativity?
Might it be more sensible to think of where we are now as Web 1.5?
Corporate America wants to know what 18-24 year olds think is ‘cool’ because they are the prime targets for advertisers. And sites like YouTube, MySpace and Facebook can sell the information they learn about you to advertisers. The principal value of ‘social networking’ sites for corporate America is surveillance. Toby Miller (2008)