Political economy of music in the digital age





Musical industry, Digital age, Creative industry, Cultural capitalism, Regulation


This paper seeks to unravel and understand the conditions and ways in which cultural capitalism operates that drive its production, exchange, distribution and consumption in the digital age; as well as understanding the powers that hold it and those it serves, the circuits in which it is heard, the spaces in which it is prohibited, its context and historical transformations. Music as an artistic production and symbolic object has always been linked to its characteristic instruments and technologies of its time. But when the economy catches up with it and it becomes merchandise, other means and channels are put into play for its dissemination, storage and control. It seeks to demonstrate those stealthy operations with which intermediaries operate. An analysis is made regarding the logic of consumption and production of users, on power relations and asymmetries between some actors in the music industry.

Author Biography

Ariel Antonio Morán-Reyes, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras

Ariel Antonio Morán-Reyes is Associate Professor in Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (FFyL) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His research interests are philosophy of information, information ethics, right to information, and digital humanities.


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How to Cite

Morán-Reyes, Ariel Antonio. 2024. “Political Economy of Music in the Digital Age”. The International Review of Information Ethics 33 (1). Edmonton, Canada. https://doi.org/10.29173/irie518.