`This is a necessary and very original book that really does address the lack of attention to media in previous discussions about globalization' - James Lull, San Jose State UniversityThere is practically no globalization without media and communications. Yet this relationship is so obvious it is often overlooked. Rantanen challenges conventional ways of thinking about globalization and shows it cannot be understood without studying the role of the media.This book offers:- a clear and accessible overview of globalization and the pivotal role of the media- an introduction to the concepts and theories of globalization- empirical data on the production and consumption of media- a methodology for relating individual, local experiences to the global pictureRantanen has made this complex and huge subject very accessible by using personal histories and pictures to engage the reader. It will be invaluable to students in international media, cultural studies, communications and international relations.

Time, Place and Space

Time, place and space

If we agree that modernity and post-modernity are the most important periods for globalization in relation to media and communications (although acknowledging that there were globalizing elements in earlier periods), our next question concerns the outcomes of globalization. One of these, mentioned in passing in Chapter 2, concerns the relationship between time, place and space. We need to ask what happens to time, place and space between one period and the next. To answer this question, we need to go back to globalization theorists who have underlined the importance of an analysis of these concepts. Again we encounter a challenge: how to combine these concepts with individuals, and especially with their use of media and communications.

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