Globalization is a highly debated term, and struggles over its meaning are played out in a variety of ways, from academe and the media to the streets of Seattle, Melbourne and Genoa. This book provides a welcome introduction to the discourses, practices and technologies that have been grouped together under that term. It outlines the historical contexts of globalization, and addresses the politics of naming that are so central to the reproduction of the narratives and patterns of globalization. The authors examine specific sites that are being transformed by globalization such as capitalism, state governments, the media and cultural identity, and explore the notion of a post-globalization world. This will be a valuable book to undergraduate and MA students on communication, media, cultural studies, sociology, politics and development courses.

The Public Sphere and the Media

The Public Sphere and the Media

The public sphere and the media

The relationship between the public sphere, on the one hand, and capitalism and the (global) media, on the other, is central to debates about the politics of globalization. The traditions, values and imperatives that characterize the former are clearly being negotiated, stretched and transformed by the power and ubiquity of the latter. In this chapter we will explore this question and evaluate the arguments about the effects of globalization on the public sphere. We will focus on the media, and look at the ways in which it is complicit in what anti-globalization activist Naomi Klein calls ‘the theft of the commons’.

It is important to distinguish here between public sphere and national government. Chapter 5 ...

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