All posts tagged: USA

Media Capitals: Move Over USA.

What are our media capitals? Well, in our reading this week, Michael Curtain defines media capitals as ‘locations where complex forces and flows interact, they are neither bounded nor self-government entities’ (Curtin, 2003). Now with this definition in mind there was one country in particular which sprang to mind as being a leading country in relation to global media capitals – the United States of America. For myself, many of the television shows I enjoy are American, many of the global media entities that I know, watch or read are American and realistically this all makes sense with the worlds’  largest media cooperations being based within and around the USA. Though through more research and my growing understanding of the concept of globalisation, I now know that there are other international media capitals emerging, such as Hong Kong and India, both becoming key players in the distribution of media content worldwide. Furthermore Curtin explains that these media capitals are ‘places where things come together and, consequently, where the generation and circulation of new mass culture forms become possible’ (Curtin, …

To Hollywood & Beyond!

The film industry has always been the production of lights, glamour and stars, and for many of us no star shines brighter than that of Hollywood’s. Each year, tourists from all around the world flock to the sun-kissed west coast of America, in hope of either seeing the stars or becoming the next biggest hit themselves. For me, Hollywood has always been the epitome of the film industry, however it wasn’t until our most recent lecture I realised that this is not entirely true. Bollywood, Nollywood and even the emergence of Hong Kong and Bombay film industries have began taking the film world by storm. As globalisation continues to spread throughout our contemporary societies, the film industry too has been greatly affected. Such cultural hybridity is central to globalisation and is becoming increasingly evident within films around the globe, as other Eastern countries begin to ‘wrestle the control of global film from Western dominance’ (Schaefer, Karan, 2010). Indian culture in most recent years has also exerted a strong influence in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. This …