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Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy

Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy

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Edited by Ruth Towse and Christian Handke

Digital technologies have transformed the way many creative works are generated, disseminated and used. They have made cultural products more accessible, challenged established business models and the copyright system, and blurred the boundary between producers and consumers. This unique resource presents an up-to-date overview of academic research on the impact of digitization in the creative sector of the economy.

Chapter 8: Consumption patterns

Koen van Eijck and Max Majorana

Subjects: economics and finance, cultural economics, intellectual property, innovation and technology, intellectual property, technology and ict, law - academic, intellectual property law


This chapter addresses changing consumption patterns. Starting with a brief presentation of classical sociological insights in the generation and manifestation of cultural consumption patterns, we will present the emergence of the cultural omnivore and the voracious consumer and how this inspired a re-thinking of the structuring and meaning of consumption. Subsequently, shifts in the mode of cultural production will be addressed. The consequences of such shifts will be illustrated in a discussion of digital services for music distribution.

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