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 Economy and Culture

Ideas, concepts, and the social value of goods and services make up the most important resources of the information economy. Information networks are supported in large part by the "industries of the imagination" These in turn are subject to the profit imperative, and eventually group together to form oligopolies, to the detriment of pluralism. Can the increasing economic importance of culture be acknowledged and analysed without yielding to the prevailing economic bent? How can we reconcile the rules of the marketplace based on profit with the nature of culture which serves to create social cohesion and artistic expression.

Theme editor : Joëlle FARCHY   

» Introductory Note by Joëlle FARCHY

List of the subjects of discussion : Which principles for public regulation ?
Culture and the Internet : between myth and reality
Intellectual property issues (1)

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Culture and the Internet : between myth and reality

Does the Internet help promote cultural diversity or does it contribute to the uniformization of production ? Do new artistic creation models exist on the Internet ? What are the new intermediaries between the author and his audience ? Summary and Questions »
L'essor d'Internet a vu naître une nouvelle utopie, celle d'un monde meilleur dans lequel il y aura plus d'emploi, plus de richesse, plus de démocratie, plus d'harmonie, plus de savoir. La culture n'échappe pas à cette utopie généralisée. Internet se constituera sans doute... Read Joëlle FARCHY's introductory paper »

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Which principles for public regulation?

As vectors of identity, values and meaning, ultural goods and services cannot be considered as mere commodities or consumer goods. The symbolic value of cultural products is much greater than their user value. Given this dual nature, do "industries of the imagination" necessitate a treatment different from that of other industries such as manufacturing and agriculture? If so, in what regards? Summary and Questions »
What is at stake in culture cannot be merely reduced to identity expressions (national, geographical, religious, communities). Economic dimension of culture has more and more to be taken in consideration if one wish to understand arguments and debates developed at national and international level on this topic. Today, issues related to culture are often dealt with in relation with cultural diversity, a concept… Read Pierre-Jean BENGHOZI's introductory paper »

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