Global Media: The New Missionaries of Global Capitalism

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A&C Black, Aug 27, 2001 - Social Science - 320 pages
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The Global Media describes in detail the recent rapid growth and crossborder activities and linkages of an industry largely composed of international conglomerates. It assesses the significance of the ongoing deregulation and convergence of global media and telecommunications systems and the rise of the internet.  The authors argue that the most important features of this globalization process are the implantation, consolidation and concentration of advertisement-based commercial media and the parallel weakening of the public sphere'.  It is contended that the United States provides the evolutionary model toward which the global media system is moving, and the history and characteristics of the U.S. System are described, along with developments in seven other countries around the world.  Finally, the authors evaluate the defenses of the ongoing globalization process and discuss the forms of local, national and global resistance that have emerged.

 

Written by two of the leading media scholars in America, this book provides the most up-to-date, concise survey of the global media industry available and has become essential  reading for all those interested in media studies.

  

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Contents

The Rise of the Global Media
10
The Global Media in the Late 1990s 4 1
41
Main Players in the Global Media System
70
Global Media the Internet and the Digital Revolution
106
The U S Experience
136
Beyond the United States
156
Alternatives to the Status Quo?
189
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Edward S. Herman is Professor Emeritus of Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and author of a number of books including Corporate Control, Corporate Power (1981) and Triumph of the Market: Essays in Economics, Politics and the Media (1995). Robert W. McChesney is Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Wisconsin and author of Telecommunications, Mass Media and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of US Broadcasting, 1928-1935 (1993).

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