Against a background of rapid technological change, the impact of global communication on national cultures and societies has become a dynamic area of critical enquiry. International Communication and Globalization offers a timely overview of the rapidly expanding area of media and communication studies. Leading contributors offer a range of perspectives on the relationship between the process of globalization and international communication. Individual chapters examine the impact of market relations, deregulation and technology of Third World countries, as well as the ethics of the global communications industry. International Communication and Globalization makes an important intervention in

International Communication: Global Market and Morality

International communication: Global market and morality
Cees J.Hamelink

The rapid expansion of global markets is beyond the control of nation states because the transactional power of communication technology has made multinationals and transnational corporations major players in the field of the world market. In this chapter, Hamelink considers the implications of the spread of market relations for the key moral and political issue of human rights. He juxtaposes a view of the contemporary movements towards globalization, privatization and deregulation with the corpus of rights established in various decisions of the United Nations. In this way, he focuses on the morality of global markets. ‘How’, he asks, ‘do the belief in the market and the morality of human rights confront each other?’

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