PUBLIC LECTURE: Lessons from Media Disruption with Professor Amanda Lotz

Much of what we think we know about how the internet ‘disrupted’ media industries is wrong. Piracy did not wreck the recording industry, Netflix isn’t killing Hollywood movies, and information does not want to be free.

This talk draws from Amanda’s new book Media Disrupted: Surviving Pirates, Cannibals, and Streaming Wars, published in October by MIT Press, in which she explores what lessons about technological disruption can be drawn from how the internet disrupted the newspaper, recorded music, movie, and television industries.


Amanda D. Lotz is a professor and leader of the Transforming Media Industries research program in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of ten books that explore television and media industries including We Now Disrupt This Broadcast: How Cable Transformed Television and the Internet Revolutionized It All, The Television Will Be Revolutionized and Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television. Her most recent book, Media Disrupted: Surviving Cannibals, Pirates and Streaming Wars (MIT Press, October 2021), tells the story of how the internet and digital technologies disrupted the recorded music, newspaper, film, and television industries.