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Media Imperialism

Media Imperialism

December 2014 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How does control of media resources serve political and economic ends? What is the impact of media concentration and monopoly in the era of technology convergence, with not just traditional and ‘new’ media but also consumer electronics, telephony and computing industries?

Revisiting the classic concept of media imperialism, Oliver Boyd-Barrett presents a thorough retake for the 21st century, arguing for the need to understand media and empires and how structures of power and control continue to regulate our access to and consumption of the media. It's no longer just Disney and Dallas - it's also now Alibaba, Apple, Facebook, Google, Samsung and Huawei.

Examining the interplay between communications industries and the hierarchies and networks of political, corporate and plutocratic power in a globalized world, the book explains:

  • the historical context of the relationship between media and imperialism;
  • contestation and collaboration among new media empires;
  • the passion for social justice that inspired the original theories of media and cultural imperialism, and how it has been embraced by a new generation.

Digging deeply into the global landscape and emerging media markets to explore how media power works across transnational boundaries, this book gives a clear and sophisticated argument for why media imperialism still matters.

Redefining the Field
Territorial and “Free Trade” Empire Building: War by Media-Sanctioned Pretext
Classic Approaches to Media Imperialism: Three Models
Colonial Communication Reframed
Selling Pretexts for Imperial War
Media and the Hybrid Pretexts for War in Libya and Syria
Western Media Propaganda and Iran’s Non-Existent Nukes
Towards Digital Media Empires
Other Media Empires
Media Resisting Imperialism

An excellent account of the use fo media by political and economic actors.

Mr Michael Parsons
Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
April 17, 2015

An excellent account of the use of media by political and economic actors.

Mr Michael Parsons
Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
April 17, 2015

This is an extremely readable, up-to-date account of the role of the media in globalisation and imperialisms. The author gives a necessarily selective but coherent account of major theories in the field of media imperialism, a field of which he defends the ongoing relevance. The book will give students useful insights into the geopolitical and economic dimensions of the struggle to control information through the media.

Dr Alex Frame
UFR Langues & communication, University of Bourgogne
March 27, 2015

Still reading this - but there is some good material which is relevant to those students looking at the media's impact on politics.

Dr Mark Shanahan
Politics, Economics and International Relations, Reading University
February 19, 2015

The book is proving to be a wonderful resource for my Political Economy of the Media module. It is well structured and my students find it easy to follow

Dr Bevelyn Dube
Mass Communications , University of Venda
February 18, 2015

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Media Imperialism: Redefining the Field

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