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Globalization in Media

What is Globalization?

Globalization refers to the rising interconnectedness of the world's economies, cultures, and inhabitants as a result of cross-border trade in commodities and services, technology, and information, among other things. Globalization's ramifications are multifaceted and, at times, politically complex. Throughout history, people have sought out new regions to reside, obtain and exchange things, as well as technological and transportation advancements. Although people have always sought commerce and habitation, European colonialism in the 19th century resulted in significant global integration as a result of the first "wave" of globalization. The United States did not seek to restore foreign commerce until World War II, which ushered in a new era for the country. In terms of cutting item prices, growing enterprises, innovation, and lastly, art and media, globalization has benefits and drawbacks.

Globalization's Effects in Media

Multinational businesses, which dominate worldwide mass-media content and delivery, are the major driver of media globalization. The hazards of media globalization are not limited to cultural and ideological prejudice. Other issues come with the benefits of a more linked world, in addition to the risk of cultural imperialism and the erosion of indigenous culture. One danger is the possibility of censorship by national governments, which would allow only the information and media that they believe support their agenda, as is the case in China. Furthermore, core countries like the United States risk criminals using worldwide media to get around local laws prohibiting socially undesirable and hazardous practices like gambling and the sex trade.

The Internet

Globalization would probably not be a matter of discussion if it weren't for technology. Communications technology, in particular, has transformed how people work, enlarged the global information base, and created a variety of means to bring people and cultures closer together, with the Internet playing a key role. The Internet provides a platform for organizations to interact and share information over thousands of kilometers. The global community is not open to everyone. Developing countries are unable to take advantage of the Internet in the same manner that wealthy countries can. One explanation is that Internet users are information recipients rather than creators. Political control of the Internet in certain locations implies that the government controls and blocks access to particular websites. In practice, there is no globally equal Internet access, which disadvantages people and companies in underdeveloped countries who are unable to benefit from the Internet's global potential.

Mass Media

Prior to the Internet revolution, most news networks were local or national, with just a few organizations, such as CNN, broadcasting internationally. All networks' news is now available 24/7, wherever in the world, and it is updated as events unfold. Some regard the mass media part of Internet globalization as a negative since English-speaking nations are said to dominate the media, which has promoted American culture at the expense of local cultures.

Article author: Idil Gure

Article editors: Sherilyn Wen, Victoria Huang


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