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Media Imperialism



December 2014 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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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

Combining new evidence with old, Oliver Boyd-Barrett's masterful exploration of the history and contemporary status of media imperialism highlights the fact that its obituary was premature. Its specific contours may have changed but Disney and Time Warner along with Google and Facebook and a smattering of regional media behemoths exercise the power to make agendas including the legitimisation of conquest through war and other means. This is a significant and timely book.

Pradip Ninan Thomas
University of Queensland

Boyd-Barrett brings together a remarkably wide array of media experiences and practices from around the planet, and invites us to look closely at their power, viewed on differing levels through the critical lens of ‘imperialism’.

John D.H. Downing
Professor Emeritus & Founding Director, Global Media Research Center, Southern Illinois University

Oliver Boyd-Barrett's Media Imperialism is both a sweeping and accessible introduction to the topic as well as a highly provocative assessment of a large range of issues concerning media and politics. As absurd as this sounds for a book of this nature, I found it difficult to put down. This is an ideal book for students.

Robert W. McChesney
University of Illinois

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

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Media Imperialism: Redefining the Field


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