Platform Studies and Digital Cultural Industries


  • Paolo Magaudda Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology, University of Padua
  • Marco Solaroli Department of the Arts, University of Bologna



Platform society, cultural production, music, journalism, photography, visual culture, Spotify, Instagram


By providing a review of a number of recent and relevant publications, this paper reconstructs major trends, topics and challenges within the state of the art of scholarly research on the platformization of cultural industries, addressing the crucial role that digital platforms have acquired in recent years in the production and circulation of a variety of cultural contents. More specifically, after offering an introduction on the ways in which the study of digital platforms emerged as strictly intertwined with the evolution of certain cultural industry sectors, such as gaming and video sharing, the paper addresses in-depth three distinctive domains of cultural production and consumption: music, journalism, and photography. In so doing, the paper traces a variety of perspectives beyond the mainstream political economy-oriented focus of platform studies, suggesting emerging paths for future research on these rapidly shifting and increasingly debated issues.


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How to Cite

Magaudda, P., & Solaroli, M. (2021). Platform Studies and Digital Cultural Industries. Sociologica, 14(3), 267–293.