Sung Wook Ji, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Media & Information at MSU, has organized a series of lectures for Michigan State University’s Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) around communication technology and policy issues. The Quello Center will work with Professor Ji to bring the series to a larger audience through a set of interviews and short Webcasts. In addition to Prof. Sung Wook Ji, speakers will include Professors Johannes Bauer, Charles Steinfield, Steve Wildman and Constantinos Coursaris of the Department of Media & Information, and Professor Adam Candeub of the Law School at MSU. Topics will range from an introduction to U.S. communications law and policy Issues (focusing on Internet policy), including focused talks on such issues as content regulation, spectrum management, and ICT4D, to new media business models and trends in multichannel video distribution and consumption. Many of the talks will be held in the Quello Center meeting room and you can follow these VIPP events and Webcasts on this blog.
The Director of the Quello Center, Bill Dutton, first worked with Sung Wook on an edited chapter for Society and the Internet, edited by Mark Graham and William Dutton, and published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Sung Wook’s chapter with David Waterman contributes an important set of empirical findings to debates over the impact of the Internet on film industries, arguing that despite declining revenues, more films are being produced without a reduction in quality, in part due to cost reductions enabled by digital media. It is a must read chapter. See their chapter, entitled ‘The Impact of the Internet on Media Industries: An Economic Perspective’, in Society and the Internet.