Chose to discuss one of the 12 questions listed
Choose one question
1. a?The global media system is better understood as one that advances corporate and commercial interests and values and denigrates or ignores that which cannot be incorporated into its missiona (McChesney, R. (2002: 157)aThe Global Restructuring of Media Ownershipa in M. Raboy (ed) Global Media Policy in the New Millennium, University of Luton Press). Discuss.
2. Focusing on a particular nation, examine how media globalisation is influencing national identity and culture?
3. Taking examples from any one country, examine differences and similarities between public service (OR state) and commercial media. Consider the implications of your findings in the light of debates about the democratic functions of media.
4. Is the UN Convention on Cultural Diversity best read as a charter for cultural protectionism or as a mandate for strengthening diversity and pluralism?
5. a?a¦by the beginning of the twenty-first century, the differences have eroded to the point that it is reasonable to ask whether a single, global media model is displacing the national variation of the past, at least among the advanced capitalist democraciesa (Hallin and Mancini 2004: 251 Comparing Media Systems, Cambridge Univ. Press). Assess this claim in relation to similar media sectors in two or more national media systems.
6. Does awareness of the differences between countries enhance our understanding of one or more of the following: the relation between media systems and social and political contexts; changing features of media systems; national media institutions?
7. Assess the influence, limitations, and significance for understanding contemporary media globalisation, of any organised effort to sustain a contra flow in any ONE or TWO of the following categories of media: news; a?oppositionala media of any kind; audiovisual entertainment; citizenas media.
8. Choosing similar examples of media practices, discuss the value and limitations of defining a?alternative mediaa as alternative to mainstream media.
9. a?Guaranteed plurality might require less legislation than one would expect because the monolithic empires of mass media are dissolving into an array of cottage industries.a? (Nicolas Negroponte, 1995, Being Digital, p57). Discuss the impact and implications of the internet for the a?empires of mass mediaa and consider the accuracy of Negroponteas statement?
10. a?a¦prominent examples of a?subalterna and a?geoculturala media flows may give a false impression that the world communication has become more diverse and democratica (Thussu 2007:27). Discuss.
11. Discuss the impact of transnational media flows on aspects of the media system in any one country or region and offer an assessment of the current situation.
12. Discuss the value of non-Western perspectives in analysing changes in any one media system.
We will be looking for similar features as in first coursework: evidence of key reading (broader range than CW1), an understanding and application of concepts dealt on the module or earlier in the course, clear and concise expression, clear organisation and presentation of material, careful referencing of ideas and quotations used (include page numbers), a critical engagement with the ideas encountered, and a coherent development of your own point of view.