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Audience Evolution: New Technologies and the Transformation of Media Audiences

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Today's consumers have unprecedented choice in terms of the technologies and platforms that access, produce, and distribute media content. The development and overlap of television, the internet, and other media technologies is fragmenting and empowering media audiences more than ever. Building on his award-winning book, Audience Economics, Philip M. Napoli maps the landscape of our current media environment and describes its challenge to traditional conceptions of the audience. He examines the redefinition of ...

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Overview

Today's consumers have unprecedented choice in terms of the technologies and platforms that access, produce, and distribute media content. The development and overlap of television, the internet, and other media technologies is fragmenting and empowering media audiences more than ever. Building on his award-winning book, Audience Economics, Philip M. Napoli maps the landscape of our current media environment and describes its challenge to traditional conceptions of the audience. He examines the redefinition of the industry-audience relationship by technologies that have moved the audience marketplace beyond traditional metrics. Media providers, advertisers, and audience measurement firms now deploy more sophisticated tools to gather and analyze audience information, focusing on factors rarely considered before, such as appreciation, recall, and engagement. Napoli explores the interplay between political and economic interests in the audience marketplace and its effect on audience evolution. He recounts the battles waged between stakeholders over the assessment of media audiences and efforts to restrict the functionality of new technologies. As Napoli makes clear, the very meaning of the media audience continues to evolve in response to changing technological, economic, and political conditions.

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Editorial Reviews

James G. Webster

Philip M. Napoli offers a rich and original synthesis of the many factors that help construct the audience, as well as the social, economic, and legal consequences of that process, and he has a real talent for creating a cohesive, interesting, and important story. Expansive and important, Audience Evolution is grounded in the relevant bodies of theory and ultimately enlightening. Anyone with a serious interest in the operation of the media industries or popular culture should read this book.

Teachers College Record - Giacomo Poderi

...its clarity, simplicty, and systematic narrative make it appealing and useful...

Journalism and Mass Communication Education - Grace Jackson-Brown

...provides new entrees into understanding how socially constructed definitions of audiences are changing.

AEJMC - Louisa Ha

a good combination of a critical approach to audience measurement as well as a thorough review of the development of audience information systems.

Communication Booknotes Quarterly - Chris Sterling

This is an important book -- one of the first scholarly analyses of both commercial and academic audience research trends amidst change

Communications and Strategies

...very concise, tightly argued and very timely volume...

Teachers College Record
...its clarity, simplicty, and systematic narrative make it appealing and useful...

— Giacomo Poderi

Journalism and Mass Communication Education
...provides new entrees into understanding how socially constructed definitions of audiences are changing.

— Grace Jackson-Brown

Journal of Communication

The book provides an excellent overview of how new media technologies have changed the patterns of audience behavior.Journal of Communication

AEJMC
a good combination of a critical approach to audience measurement as well as a thorough review of the development of audience information systems.

— Louisa Ha

Communication Booknotes Quarterly
This is an important book — one of the first scholarly analyses of both commercial and academic audience research trends amidst change

— Chris Sterling

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231150354
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 743,328
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip M. Napoli is a professor in the Graduate School of Business at Fordham University and director of the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center. He is the author of Audience Economics: Media Institutions and the Audience Marketplace, which won the Robert Picard Award for Best Book in Media Management and Economics, and Foundations of Communication Policy: Principles and Process in the Regulation of Electronic Media.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

1 Contextualizing Audience Evolution 25

2 The Transformation of Media Consumption 54

3 The Transformation of Audience Information Systems 88

4 Contesting Audiences 117

5 The Implications of Audience Evolution 149

Notes 175

References 193

Index 239

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