January 13, 2010

It seems the premise of Mirza Jan’s article is largely to point out the extensive cultural imperialism all of the technologically advanced countries have over the less developed ones.  I don’t think anyone denies that.  So many of the biggest powers are capitalistic in nature and the nature of businesses under capitalism is to extend as far as they can for the return of greater profits. Is this good or not? I don’t think either of us could say, especially me.

In his concluding paragraph, he states that, “a global media culture that mingles cultural traditions and social values from many different countries has yet to develop.”  Maybe not to the extent that he wants it to be or, at the very least, considers ideal.  Without the Internet and its reach across the world, there are many different songs that I would not have heard as a result and in many cases animations that would otherwise be censored to death by American television would also never reach an audience beyond what it already has.

People are the using the Internet, more than the television, to stretch out to various countries since the people using it typically have a greater choice and variety offered to them than their television or other dominating companies.

No, it has not reached where it should ideally be for a united society – potentially?  He does say that those within their own country prefer their local programming by far over what the United States or Europe sends over – and who can blame them when having to watch that awful dubbing?  I’d personally prefer subtitles to out-of-sync lips – so therefore the world may very well never be united as a result.

Nothing wrong with that, especially since the continual diversity will simply add to the variety of products available and homogeneity will never become an issue.

Also, in the final paragraph of the article, Jan says, “While the claim that the nation state has been rendered increasingly irrelevant by media globalization is strongly questioned, it is at the same time that media globalization presents significant challenges for media and cultural policy as it has been traditionally understood, which point in the direction of creative industries development strategies and the role of the state that is increasingly ‘enabling’ of industry development rather than ‘protective’ of national identities.”

Oddly enough, an article written today shows just this sort of irrelevance: Google to end Censorship in China

It has been fairly controversial that Google has cooperated with the Chinese government to censor specific things on the Internet. Controversial, at least, for those who live in the United States and in other countries where Freedom of Speech and of the Press is considered extremely valuable. Is it right to allow this? Since China is still a sovereign nation with their own form of government, no matter how much anyone make like or dislike it, Google has remained respectful until now, when computer hackers potentially threatened the lives of other people outside their borders.

It might still respect China’s policies in the end, if it does actually decide to leave.


One Response to “Globalization”

  1. Cynara M. Medina said

    Mirza Jan is guy. That aside, this is really good, and should you keep it up, I don’t forsee any problems with completing this assignment.

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