Chapter 9: Globalization of Images

The chapter talked about cultural imperialism as describing how an ideology, a politics, or a way of life is exported into other territories through the export of cultural products (pg 322).  TV messages and images enter the minds of other countries about the value of US products, ideologies, and politics (pg 322). This leads me to my first question: Can we, citizens of America, be proud of the portrayals of our culture that television shows produce? Is it sending the wrong message? Can it be harmful for us?

What about the violence in the middle east over the video that an American made about Mohamed? Where does this fit in?



The authors describe terms like homogenization and hybridity to describe the collapse of borders of taste, language,
and meanings through a mixing of peoples. The internet is a media which critics see as being a more democratic form of communication and allows for free, back and forth circulation of information (pg 334).
When we join sites like Facebook we agree that they can sell our interest and information to advertisers. It is clear when we see the ads on the
side of the site that personally, and directly reference our posted interests. My second question becomes: Is this an invasion of privacy? Is it a good thing? Should there be tighter laws on the information advertisers can buy from sites
like Facebook?




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