How should we evaluate the effects of capitalism on media and culture? This lecture is about how we might approach this Big Question by using an approach known as moral economy, and endorsing its advocacy of notions of well-being based on flourishing and suffering. Hesmondhalgh argues that such substantive conceptions of well-being are superior to those often used or assumed by economists. The discussion is concretized by considering the recent wave of mourning for English rock star David Bowie. Does Bowie exemplify the cultural effectiveness of markets or their problems?
David Hesmondhalgh is Professor of Media, Music and Culture in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, where he was Head of School from 2010 to 2013. He is the author (with Kate Oakley, David Lee and Melissa Nisbett) of Culture, Economy and Politics (2015), Why Music Matters (2013), Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries (Routledge, 2011, co-written with Sarah Baker) and The Cultural Industries, now in its third edition (Sage, 2013). He is also editor or co-editor of seven books and journal special issues, including (with Anamik Saha) a special issue of the journal Popular Communication on “Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Production” (2013).
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