“This guide to the emerging language of creative industries field is a valuable resource for researchers and students alike. Concise, extensively referenced, and accessible, this this is an exceptionally useful reference work.” - Gauti Sigthorsson, Greenwich University “There could be no better guides to the conceptual map of the creative industries than John Hartley and his colleagues, pioneers in the field. This book is a clear, comprehensive and accessible tool-kit of ideas, concepts, questions and discussions which will be invaluable to students and practitioners alike. Key Concepts in Creative Industries is set to become the corner stone of an expanding and exciting field of study” - Chris Barker, University of Wollongong Creativity is an attribute of individual people, but also a feature of organizations like firms, cultural institutions and social networks. In the knowledge economy of today, creativity is of increasing value, for developing, emergent and advanced countries, and for competing cities. This book is the first to present an organized study of the key concepts that underlie and motivate the field of creative industries. Written by a world-leading team of experts, it presents readers with compact accounts of the history of terms, the debates and tensions associated with their usage, and examples of how they apply to the creative industries around the world. Crisp and relevant, this is an invaluable text for students of the creative industries across a range of disciplines, especially media, communication, economics, sociology, creative and performing arts and regional studies.
Networks are extensible systems interconnected by nodes (the ‘knots’ in the ‘net’). The concept of networks can be understood at three levels. First, there are technical networks, or the physical infrastructure that connects devices to one another in order to enable the flow of matter between them. Examples include the electricity network, the telephone network and – most significantly for the creative industries – the computer network. The computer network is a combination of computers and interconnected devices that facilitate communication and enable the distribution and sharing of information and resources. The internet is a global ‘network of (computer) networks’ that combines the technical infrastructure of computers and other digital devices that are permanently connected to high-speed telecommunications networks, with forms of content, data, communication ...