Media, Democracy and Globalisation Essay

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We live in society today where the media plays an alarmingly big part in how we see the world, and how our opinions are formed, whether it is from what we watch on television to who we vote for.

The media has helped to make our society a democracy by placing emphasis on issues that at one stage in time would have been considered strictly private issues such as child birth, homosexuality, child care, domestic violence, and sexual harassment. Due to this democracy we now look differently at politics, and are more active in whom we want in office, and how we want our children to be raised.

The globalization of the media has increased our access to information about people and events around the world, but in the process it has also
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There is an increase in inequality, cultural and social tumult and individual alienation.

The digital revolution and introduction of new technologies are redefining our notions of politics yes, but they are also redefining the structuring powers in society. Increasingly power resides in the hands of those that can produce, control and disseminate information the most effectively. This goes back to Marx's theory that those who control the world govern it.

While the proliferation of communications and increased global interdependence might create global understanding, equality and harmony it doesn't necessarily mean that there is an increase in human communication and co-operation.

If anything it is leading to the replacement of traditional structures, such as family religion, and the community with one that are supposedly more relevant.

There are too few transnational media conglomerates dominating the world media, and fewer than 24 media conglomerates account for the majority of our newspapers, magazines, films, television and radio. With only a few big conglomerates running the show the media has become a vehicle used for commercial exploitation. There has been a steady increase of commercialisation of sports, arts, and education. This is disturbing when audiences are turning to the media to tell us how

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