Here are some useful sources where people attempt to define what it means to study middlebrow and vernacular culture today.
The CMF Trends Blog has been posting some great research and think pieces on the Canadian cultural industries including some great case studies of Canadian productions. Frederik Lesage has also contributed a few think pieces dealing with the intersection between digital development, digital literacy, and the cultural industries: “Digital Literacy – Do Media Workers Need to Learn Code?“, “Amateurs Vs. Professionals – Does the distinction matter anymore?“, “Data-driven development: Should creators drink the data Kool-Aid“, “Blinded by passion? The relevance of coding bootcamps for creative industries“, “Open data in public broadcasting“.