The World News Prism: Challenges of Digital Communication

The World News Prism: Challenges of Digital Communication

William A. Hachten

Language: English

Pages: 280

ISBN: 1444338587

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The World News Prism: Challenges of Digital Communication

William A. Hachten

Language: English

Pages: 280

ISBN: 1444338587

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Fully revised and updated, the eighth edition of The World News Prism analyzes the changing role of transnational news media in the 21st-century globalized world and its impact on rapidly changing news events.

 

  • Includes a new chapter dedicated to evolving traditional and new social media in Middle East
  • Expands the discussion of news systems in developing nations, comparing media growth in India and Africa
  • Explores the impact of digital media on traditional societies
  • Features important updates on the decline of print media in the West and the challenges this poses to global reporting
  • Surveys the latest developments in new media and forecasts future developments

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immediate concern with both world news and the symbiotic relationship between events and those who report them. For this eighth edition, the text has been thoroughly revised, with new material added to every chapter. More attention has been given to significant media developments in developing nations, particularly those in the Arab world – some of which have been producing many more media users who respond in different ways to the world news prism. The chapters on China and the Middle East

censorship of the Internet exists in about forty-three nations. The most pervasive censorship is in China (see Chapter 7). The small, affluent, and authoritarian nation of Singapore thinks it can control the technologies of freedom that threaten its one-party rule. To control television, satellite dishes have been banned, and the country has been wired for cable television, thus enabling the government to screen out objectionable material. Controlling cyberspace is more difficult, but Singapore

deregulated society with little common discourse and minimal public infrastructure.16 Concerned persons are pondering the implications of all this. Society, in short, faces the danger of computer/communications technologies advancing faster than our ability to develop methods of controlling and using them for the general welfare of humankind. This has always been true of technologies, but today that gap is becoming ominously wide. Nonetheless, innovations in media technology will continue to

20; (xii) Bosnia, 19; (xiii) Sri Lanka, 18; (xiv) Rwanda, 15; (xv) Tajikistan, 16; (xvi) Sierra Leone, 16; (xvii) Brazil, 16; (xviii) Bangladesh, 12; (xix) Israel/Occupied Palestine, 10; and (xx) Angola, 10.18 In twenty-three cases since 1995, journalists were kidnapped, often taken alive by militants or government forces and subsequently killed. The kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in early 2002 highlighted this terrible phenomenon. In several cases, notably

led to new economic models of production and collaboration, including outsourcing and offshore manufacturing. Now nations such as China and India, as well as others in South Asia, have prospered in dramatic ways. The integration of some 3 billion people into the global economy is of major importance. Just one facet of this global flattening is that the media of communications have become increasingly pervasive in these rapidly modernizing places. Literally many millions are now, through the

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