FQ contributing editor Nilo Couret uses the Fyre app, the Fyre Festival, and the dueling documentaries about Fyre—Fyre Fraud and Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened—to map the landscape of contemporary debt as it intersects with new media (i.e., mobile app development, social media advertising, and streaming platforms) and account for the theoretical and political implications of indebtedness. He concludes that streaming platforms are akin to social networks, video-sharing platforms, and online publishers both because of the relentless pursuit and monetization of our attention as well as an economic viability sustained by debt.
Under Fyre: Debt Culture in the Streaming Era
Nilo Couret is associate professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. His book, Mock Classicism: Latin American Film Comedy, 1930–1960 (University of California Press, 2018), traces the popularity and cultural significance of film comedies from the transition to sound through the industrial studio period. His articles have appeared in several edited anthologies and peer-reviewed journals. He is the book reviews co-editor of Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas.
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Nilo Couret; Under Fyre: Debt Culture in the Streaming Era. Film Quarterly 1 September 2020; 74 (1): 57–63. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2020.74.1.57
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