Dal Yong Jin

Digital Platforms as Intermediators for the Construction of Platform Imperialism in the Era of Globalization

In the networked twenty-first century, digital platforms have significantly influenced capital accumulation and digital culture. Platforms, such as social network sites (e.g. Facebook), search engines (e.g. Google), and smartphones (e.g. iPhone) are increasingly crucial because they function as major digital media intermediaries and Intermediators. Emerging companies in non-Western countries have created unique platforms, controlling their own national markets and competing with Western-based platform empires in the global markets. The reality though is that only a handful of Western countries, primarily the U.S., have dominated the global platform markets, resulting in capital accumulation in the hands of a few mega platform owners. This talk pays attention to the capitalization of platforms and their global expansion, including the major role of intellectual property rights as the most significant form of capital accumulation in the era of globalization. It eventually endeavors to make a contribution to the platform imperialism discourse.


Dal Yong Jin is Professor in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University. He finished his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His major research and teaching interests are on social media and digital platforms, mobile technologies and game studies, globalization and transnationalization, and the political economy of media. Jin has published 14 books and penned more than 130 articles and chapters on these issues. His books include Understanding the Business of Global Media in the Digital Age (2017), Smartland Korea: mobile communication, culture and society (University of Michigan Press, 2017), New Korean Wave: transnational cultural power in the age of social media (University of Illinois Press, 2016), Digital Platforms, Imperialism and Political Culture (2015), and Korea’s Online Gaming Empire (MIT Press, 2010).He has also edited several volumes, including Mobile Gaming in Asia: Politics, Culture and Emerging Technologies (2016) and The Political Economies of Media: the transformation of the global media industries (2011), while extensively developing several special issues in academic journals such as Media, Culture and SocietyPacific Affairs, and the International Journal of Communication. He is the founding book series editor of Routledge Research in Digital Media and Culture in Asia.