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Paul Sweeting

Paul Sweeting

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The Media Wonk was created by Paul Sweeting, a journalist and analyst who has been covering the intersecting worlds of media, entertainment, technology and public policy for more than 15 years. The original Media Wonk blog appeared on Content Agenda, a web site owned by Reed Business Information, publisher of Daily Variety, Broadcasting & Cable, Video Business, Publishers Weekly and other media-related properties. After Content Agenda was shut down by Reed, The Media Wonk soldiered on alone. The project of this blog is to examine the impact of digital technology on the way cultural products are created, communicated and perceived, both in commercial terms as as a cultural and political phenomenon. Given my background as a journalist, I come to the issue with no particular axe to grind, but with an abiding fascination with the subject. The Media Wonk is based in Washington, DC, but I have lived and worked in New York and Los Angeles as well, and I’m intimately familiar with the world–and worldview–of the bi-coastal media/industrial complex.

Though sales of new games through brick-and-mortar retail channels are falling rapidly, game publishers, including the major console makers, have an incentive to prop them up as long as possible. No… Read more »

Hollywood’s hopes — perhaps its last — of getting consumers into the habit of buying movies again instead of merely renting them is about to get a couple of boosts. According… Read more »

Netflix has been successful over the years at taking advantage of the weaknesses of competing services, and based on its fourth-quarter earnings call, the company appears to be sticking with its… Read more »

The turmoil in the video rental market continues. Last week, shares of Netflix fell into the abyss after a weak earnings report and guidance. Now, its Coinstar’s turn. The Redbox parent… Read more »

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