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Prof. Marc Steinberg edits “Regional Platforms” Special Issue of Asiascape Journal

January 17, 2018

Prof. Marc Steinberg has co-edited a special issue of the journal Asiascape: Digital Asia on the subject of “Regional Platforms.” With contributions on digital platforms from streaming sites to SD card media circulation to platform theory in India, China, Japan, and South Korea, this special issue challenges the overwhelming focus within film and media studies on Silicon Valley platforms (Facebook, YouTube etc). By asking what platforms do and how they operate in different media and geographical regions – and in Asia in particular – this special issue argues for the importance of considering platforms from a regional perspective.  

Challenging the dominant mode of platform studies that presumes a global geography for US-based examples, this special issue treats platforms through a regional lens. The special issue argues that digital platforms give rise to a sense of media regionalism and a renewed regional media geography through both transnational and transmedial processes.

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