Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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p. vii

As with the previous collections in this series, New Directions in International Studies, this volume evolved from an international conference, “Transmissions: Globalization, Technology, Media,” held in April 2002 at the University of Wisconsin...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

This volume sets out to explore the complex relationships among media, technology, and globalization. Our title, Global Currents, also serves as our conceptual framework to suggest new and contemporary ways of thinking about mobile media forms...

Part I: Institutions: Nationalism, Transnationalism, Globalization

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Crypto Regs: Fear, Greed, and the Destruction of the Digital Commons

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pp. 13-41

The increasing globalization and integration of the world’s information systems promises a host of benefits, but there are significant perils to these promises. This essay examines the tradeoffs involved, summarizes the current state of the world, and makes suggestions for what we can do to maximize the likelihood of outcomes...

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What We Should Do and What We Should Forget in Media Studies: Or, My TV A–Z

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pp. 42-64

The audiovisual media are everywhere, spreading their reach even as they undergo unprecedented textual, technological, and political transformations. Meanwhile, the study of the media is an evolving, contested domain that crosses the humanities...

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Hybridity

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pp. 65-80

While distance education promises—or threatens—to eradicate the geospacial gulf between higher-education sites and potential students around the world, it does not appear to be connecting the first world with the rest in terms that match the hyperbole of its cheerleaders. At the same time, “hybridity” is fast becoming a...

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@HenryParkesMotel.com

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pp. 81-92

Henry Parkes Motel. Google turns up 434 matches to those words. At the top of the list, http://www.ennew.com.au/henryparkes.htm, the Web site of Ennew Allsopp, “not just Property Valuers but Property Experts.” The company’s origins go “as far back...

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Is Television a Global Medium?: A Historical View

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pp. 93-112

In recent years, much writing on television has suggested that television is the global medium par excellence, having imposed the same culture of images, the same news, the same media events, or even the same “Western culture” on huge populations...

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The Land Grab for Bandwidth: Digital Conversion in an Era of Consolidation

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pp. 113-135

A key feature of the history of television technology has been the simultaneous global development of the medium in various countries throughout the world. In the 1920s and A key feature of the history of television technology has been the simultaneous global development of the medium in various countries throughout the world...

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Posthuman Law: Information Policy and the Machinic World

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pp. 136-156

It is an unspoken assumption that the law is made by humans for humans. That assumption no longer holds: The information, communication, and culture that are the subject of information law and policy increasingly flow between machines, or...

Part II: Circulation: Cultures, Strategies, Appropriations

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Piracy, Infrastructure, and the Rise of a Nigerian Video Industry

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pp. 159-170

My discussion of piracy will be based on the pirate culture that exists in Nigeria. By pirate culture I do not mean “the culture of media pirates” in the anthropological sense of studying a subgroup. Piracy is better seen as part of a wider infrastructure of reproduction...

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Unsuitable Coverage: The Media, the Veil, and Regimes of Representation

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pp. 171-185

Almost every day I get stuck in the traffic occasioned by a crowd of heavily veiled women bringing their kerchiefed daughters to school. In the center of Leicester, a multicultural city that is set to become Britain’s first majority nonwhite city, these families...

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Muscle, Market Value, Telegenesis, Cyberpresence: The New Asian Movie Star in the Global Economy of Masculine Images

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pp. 186-199

Though the category called “Asian cinema” may well be a product of the Western imagination’s penchant for “othering,” it also has the power to disrupt the perception of Hollywood’s global supremacy. As Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has recently and...

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The African Diaspora Speaks in Digital Tongues

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pp. 200-218

African diasporic consciousness originated below the decks of European ships during the infamous middle passage of the transatlantic slave trade. Severed from the familiar terrain of their homelands and dispatched to the overcrowded bowels of slave...

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Some Versions of Difference: Discourses of Hybridity in Transnational Musics

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pp. 219-244

Few terms are bandied about more in discussions of contemporary musics than “hybridity,” a term believed to capture the kinds of mixtures of musics prevalent in this era of globalization or transnationalism. But the term has so many uses in and out of considerations of...

Alternate Arrangement for GLOBAL CURRENTS

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pp. 245-246

Notes on Contributors

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pp. 247-250

Index

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pp. 251-262