Global Media and Digital Cultures (online)

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In Global Media we will turn our critical attention to the ways in which media and communication technologies, operating amidst the complex dynamics of globalisation, can have a profound impact on our understanding and analysis of diplomacy and international relations. We will start by examining the early expansion of capitalism, and the shift from industrial to information economies, followed by the emergence of the ‘cultural’ as an expanding arena of production and consumption. The module will be punctuated with a series of important subcategories: What are the links between technology and international development, and how can we think about them? Why do the media matter to religion? Who owns the internet, and is access to information a human right? Throughout the course, we will develop analyses of the ways in which old political, cultural and social boundaries – particularly those of the nation/state – are challenged by the new networks of an emerging global civil society. By the end of the module, you will have explored various new forms of affiliation and solidarity, and developed the capacity to critique how these formations are supported by media and communication technologies. You will also have started to establish your own critique of how postnational cosmopolitan identifications coexist with local forms of social and cultural ‘belonging'.

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