Poorer nations left behind More vulnerable to Western models of press & entertainment Western-style entertainment media raise frustrations Poorer nations less able to contribute their way of seeing the world Increases antagonism toward the U.S. & other Western media leaders But study after study has shown declining space and airtime devoted to international news. One recent analysis by the Newspaper Advertising Bureau estimated that, before September 11, foreign stories accounted for 2 percent or less of the average daily paper's newshole, down from 10 percent in 1971 during the Vietnam War; another estimated that the proportion of international news in the major newsweeklies had declined to 13 percent from 22 percent between 1985 and 1995. Before September 11, network newscasts on some nights had no international stories at all, though a generation ago foreign reports constituted an average of 45 percent of the newscasts. The reduction in international coverage has brought complaints from policy analysts, who argue that the decline fueled a new isolationism in the United States and that, as a result, the country might fail to exercise appropriate leadership in the world. Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster, told a 1997 conference on the issue: &quot;The media cover violence, conflict, and instability abroad and little else, and have made international involvement look very undesirable.&quot; Those who described themselves to Gallup as &quot;hardly interested&quot; in international affairs jumped from 3 percent to 22 percent, between the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations studies in 1990 and 1998 Western media rarely report about economic abuses, political collusion, & the relationship between transnationals & democracy Report on poverty, disease, disasters
CI - invasion of an indegenous people’s culture by powerful foreign countries through mass media Information flow from west to developing countries - subverts local culture cheaper to but us products than to produce own. American producers flood world with content at cheap prices Imposes western values & formats/content (talk shows, violent content) Media can bring us closer together - build more connections - but what understanding? But knowledge can bring change - hip/hop culture/ michael jordan,
What shapes the News? Global Journalism
Journalism and SOCIETY Rather than society being our own community, city, region, state or even country, we are now, more than ever, part of the world community.