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Global Currents
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Rhetoric about media technology tends to fall into two extreme categories: unequivocal celebration or blanket condemnation.  This is particularly true in debate over the clash of values when first world media infiltrate third world audiences.

Bringing together the best new work on contemporary media practices, technologies, and policies, the essayists in Global Currents argue that neither of these extreme views accurately represents the role of media technology today. New ways of thinking about film, television, music, and the internet demonstrate that it is not only media technologies that affect the cultures into which they are introduced—it is just as likely that the receiving culture will change the media.

Topics covered in the volume include copyright law and surveillance technology, cyber activism in the African Diaspora, transnational monopolies and local television industries, the marketing and consumption of  “global music,” “click politics” and the war on Afghanistan, the techno-politics of distance education, artificial intelligence and global legal institutions, and traveling and “squatting” in digital space. Balanced between major theoretical positions and original field research, the selections address the political and cultural meanings that surround and configure new technologies.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I: Institutions: Nationalism, Transnationalism, Globalization
  2. p. 11
  1. Crypto Regs: Fear, Greed, and the Destruction of the Digital Commons
  2. pp. 13-41
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  1. What We Should Do and What We Should Forget in Media Studies: Or, My TV A–Z
  2. pp. 42-64
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  1. Hybridity
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. @HenryParkesMotel.com
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. Is Television a Global Medium?: A Historical View
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. The Land Grab for Bandwidth: Digital Conversion in an Era of Consolidation
  2. pp. 113-135
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  1. Posthuman Law: Information Policy and the Machinic World
  2. pp. 136-156
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  1. Part II: Circulation: Cultures, Strategies, Appropriations
  2. p. 157
  1. Piracy, Infrastructure, and the Rise of a Nigerian Video Industry
  2. pp. 159-170
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  1. Unsuitable Coverage: The Media, the Veil, and Regimes of Representation
  2. pp. 171-185
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  1. Muscle, Market Value, Telegenesis, Cyberpresence: The New Asian Movie Star in the Global Economy of Masculine Images
  2. pp. 186-199
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  1. The African Diaspora Speaks in Digital Tongues
  2. pp. 200-218
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  1. Some Versions of Difference: Discourses of Hybridity in Transnational Musics
  2. pp. 219-244
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  1. Alternate Arrangement for GLOBAL CURRENTS
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 247-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-262
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