Social Media, Aggregation and the Refashioning of Media Business Models

  • Charles BrownEmail author
Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)


The mass media model has been based upon integrated value chains in which the function of aggregation has been the lynchpin, drawing audiences to content and providing the point of engagement between content consumption, the generation of income and the realisation of value accrued (Porter. Competitive advantage. New York, NY: Free Press; 1985).

Following the pioneering work of Ramirez and Normann (1993) value in enterprises has come increasingly to be seen as being co-produced by a multiple actors, collaborating in a network of relationships in which value is created and rewards are secured in a variety of ways.

Such network models are particularly suited for the study of social media models and media organisations in which content is crowdsourced or generated by users and where production is decentralised and devolved rather the centralised and controlled.

Arguably, on demand modes of consumption compound the tendencies to disaggregation inherent in such networked and distributed models. This chapter argues, however, that aggregation, in its various forms, remains and will continue to remain central to the success of media business models. In doing so it explores the nature of aggregation, explores in various dimensions and attributes, and examines examples of how this function is changing within current media services.


Aggregation Function Content Owner Media Firm News Corporation Public Service Broadcaster 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WestminsterWestminsterUK

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