Fordham News rang in the new year with insights from Fordham University faculty, including McGannon Center affiliates Garrett Broad and our director, Olivier Sylvain. Below are their excerpts from the story. To read the full article, please visit https://news.fordham.edu/editors-picks/things-watch-2018/.
Garrett Broad, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication and media studies and author, More Than Just Food (University of California Press, 2016)
There has been tremendous growth in the plant-based food sector over the last several years, and there are a number of reasons why 2018 could be the biggest year yet for this emerging market. First and foremost, concerns about health, the environment, and animal welfare have led to increased public demand for plant-based alternatives to meat and animal products that are tasty, affordable, and convenient. At the same time, there has been an explosion of entrepreneurial initiative and innovation, as well as organizing and advocacy, in an effort to get these products in stores, restaurants, and other food service locations across the country and around the world. The meat industry has certainly taken notice—some companies are concerned about the threat that plant-based products represent to their bottom line, but others are actually investing in plant-based foods to get in on the action at this early stage.
Olivier Sylvain, associate professor of law and director, McGannon Center for Communications Research
Now that the Federal Communications Commission has repealed “network neutrality” regulations that prohibited internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from privileging some content over others, we will all want to closely monitor the quality of our internet service. The FCC Chairman claims that the prior rules made it difficult for providers to invest in novel new services. Those rules, however, barred service providers from exploiting their coveted gatekeeping market position to discriminate against disruptive competitors; they prohibited, for example, providers from making it costlier for then-emergent start-ups–with names like Amazon and Netflix–to become market-makers in video distribution.
Now that network neutrality is gone, we should keep our eyes on the quality of video on Amazon and Netflix. We should also watch for subscription fees increases for those services.