Globalization and Media Global Village of Babel

ISBN-10: 1442244585
ISBN-13: 9781442244580
Edition: 2nd 2015
Authors: Jack Lule
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Description: The fully updated second edition of this lively and accessible book argues for the central role of media in understanding globalization. Indeed, Jack Lule convincingly shows that globalization could not have occurred without media. From earliest  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2015
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The fully updated second edition of this lively and accessible book argues for the central role of media in understanding globalization. Indeed, Jack Lule convincingly shows that globalization could not have occurred without media. From earliest times, humans have used media to explore, settle, and globalize their world. In our day, media has made the world progressively smaller as nations and cultures come into increasing contact. Decades ago Marshall McLuhan prophesied that media technology would transform the world into a global village. Slowly, fitfully, his vision is being fulfilled. The global village, however, is not the blissful utopia that McLuhan predicted. Nor, in a more modern formulation, is the world flat, with playing fields leveled and opportunities for all. Instead, Lule argues, globalization and media are combining to create a divided world of gated communities and ghettos, borders and boundaries, suffering and surfeit, beauty and decay, surveillance and violence. By breaking down the economic, cultural, and political impact of media, and through a rich set of case studies from around the globe, the author describes a global village of Babel invoking the biblical town punished for its vanity by seeing its citizens scattered, its language confounded, and its destiny shaped by strife."

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