Quality You Can’t Touch: Mubi Social, Platform Politics, and the Online Distribution of Art Cinema

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Abstract

Mubi, created in 2007, is a streaming site that specializes in art film and boutique fare. In this article, I reveal what is at stake in Mubi’s recent evolution to a more highly curated “film-a-day” model, as well as the closure of the Mubi Social forum. These changes resulted in a move away from the site’s reliance on democratic interaction among site users and toward a new logic of artistic patronage. Ultimately, in this analysis of Mubi’s evolution, I examine the unique way that platform politics play out for boutique streamers and their impact on online cinephilia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
JournalThe Velvet Light Trap
Issue number82
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes

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