Media Studies and the Global Polity: WEF, S11 and Sydney 2000

Spurgeon, Christina L. (2001) Media Studies and the Global Polity: WEF, S11 and Sydney 2000. Metro, pp. 150-155.

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In 1998 an international coalition of non-government organizations (NGOs) and national governments mounted a very successful campaign of opposition to the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). International demonstrations, from Seattle to Melbourne, continue to draw popular attention to ‘a kind of deficit of democracy at the international level’. Media academics and journalists alike wonder whether this is evidence of a ‘nascent global civil society’, with the potential to call international capital to account, and provide ‘a genuine alternative to corporate rule’. Others still have dismissed such possibilities as ‘naive phantasms’.
Whether they are isolated incidents or a Mexican Wave of anti-globalization sentiment, these demonstrations can be understood as explorations in the possibilities and limits of citizenship in the ‘global village’. They provide an important opportunity to consider the ways in which media are deeply implicated in the development of a nascent global polity and a reminder of the continuing importance of Media Studies. This analysis commences by contrasting media coverage and usage in connection with three global media events that converged on Australia in September 2000. Contrasts are drawn between the Asia-Pacific meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the associated protest in Melbourne from 11-13 September 2000 (S11), and the Sydney 2000 Olympics that immediately followed. These highlight the connected and contested politics of inclusion in global civil society. Discussed also, are important variations in the demotic impulses and uses of different media – the press, broadcast media and the Internet – as well as their particular ‘space-binding’ characteristics. The centrality of media in negotiating and constructing the global imaginary, as well as economies and governmental institutions, is argued in the context of developments in Media Studies that take account of globalization.

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ID Code: 9184
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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ISSN: 0312-2654
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Australian Teachers of Media
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:44

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