World Communication Systems Blogs- Week 5

East Asia is a very unique geographical location, for it has a drastically different culture from the rest of the continent. South Asia and West Asia/The Middle East are nothing like their eastern counterpart. However, what is most interesting is the uniqueness within East Asia itself.

The region of East Asia includes the countries of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan. However, these varying nations do not have a single homogenous culture. In fact, their cultures and societies vary greatly. South Korea and Japan are prominent democracies, Japan being one of the leading democracies in the world today. However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, North Korea is considered to be one of the least free nations in the world, as discussed in an article by Human Rights House.

China, while far from becoming a democracy, is one of the strongest world powers. As discussed in CNN’s economy ranking, it has the second largest economy, behind that of the United States. However, Japan isn’t far off, taking third place in economic ranking.

These differences are heavily reflected in their media systems. While Japan has some of the most prominent and widespread media in the world, North Korea has no free media whatsoever (it is all used for propaganda). China, while having some free media, is comparatively restricted.

Evidently, while all residing within the same geographical region, the countries of East Asia are very different from each other. Whether it comes to economy, government system, or media system; East Asia is a diverse place. Housing some of the leading world powers, East Asia wont loose importance any time soon.

Sources:

http://humanrightshouse.org/Articles/14627.html

http://money.cnn.com/news/economy/world_economies_gdp/

World Communication Systems Blogs- Week 4

Due to its very nature, all formats of media are susceptible to external influence. It all depends on the location, time, and context of the production of a given piece of media. Therefore, there is no universal media system. The world is broken up into a multitude of media systems, each with influences that make them unique.

Depending on the type of country one may live in, their media systems could be drastically different. In nations with a tyrannical regime, the media often centers around supporting said regime, and covering up any opposition. Media creators are given little to no freedom with regards to content creation. However, in more democratic nations, media is varied and individualistic. Anyone can create almost anything they desire, with little regulation (unless contradicting with the law). However, this isn’t set in stone. Certain democratic nations can have restricted media systems, while certain tyrannical nations can have free media systems. However, the other way around is more common. While this concept is especially prevalent with news media, it can apply to other formats of media as well.

There is also the idea of originality in the media. Many believe that, due to the sheer amount of media in existence, all new media is no longer original. In other words, all media is influenced or inspired by older media in some way. This is especially prevalent in the film and television industries. However, this can also be exemplified through the style of news media in each individual media system.

Evidently, there are a multitude of external influences on media systems. However, these influences are not homogenous around the world. Each individual media system has its own external influences, unique from others. Therefore, no two media systems are exactly alike, due to said influences.

Sources:

http://mruniversity.com/courses/economics-media/can-government-influence-private-media

http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/are-original-ideas-possible-anymore-video-makes-sense-creative-process-163114

Doctor Who: S9 Prologue- Review

Another season of Doctor Who is finally upon us. This time, we were treated to a short prologue episode to tide us over in the week before the season premiere. Prequels and prologues before big show events, or even standard season premieres, has become a staple of the Moffat era of Doctor Who. However, they rarely disappoint, this one being no exception.

In this prologue, the Doctor is visiting the Sisterhood of Karn, whom you may remember from the prologue to The Day of the Doctor back in 2013. He is avoiding meeting someone who he clearly knows from his past. While all hints point to the Master, this may not be the case, due to a contradiction placed later in the scene. He gives the device that we saw in the trailer (his last will and testament) to the leader of the sisterhood, whom he trusts to give it to the right person. In the trailer for the series 9 premiere, Missy/The Master had the device. Therefore, unless she intercepted the delivery of the device, it was meant for her. This means that the person the Doctor is going to meet is most likely not the Master.

The prologue was an interesting precursor to the upcoming season. It provided some context, but left more than enough room for mystery and intrigue. It has only heightened my appetite for new Doctor Who content, something we haven’t received in roughly nine months. Although there wasn’t enough material from this prologue for a full length review, I cant wait to share with you all my opinions on the season premiere within the next week.

World Communication Systems Blogs- Week 3

Media systems are extremely prevalent throughout the world. This prevalence has become especially evident in modern day society. With new media outlets being developed constantly, and the ever growing rise of social media, media systems are becoming increasingly international. In other words, media systems from various locations are not just bound to one particular geographic area. However, that doesn’t prevent the comparison of the various media systems of the world.

There are 7 factors that we can use to compare said media systems. These are government system, political culture, media freedom, media ownership/funding, political parallelism, media culture, and media orientation. Another methodology to compare media systems is be the concepts of their press. There are 4 concepts that a country’s press could fit into. These include the authoritarian concept, the libertarian model, the revolutionary concept, and the developmental concept.

However, these are not the only approaches to comparing various media systems. Multiple people have created there own comparison variables. Some examples of people who have done so are Daniel C. Hallin and Paolo Mancini. Evidently, there is no one correct way to compare media systems. A multitude of unique approaches are equally applicable, and each have their own merits.

Sources:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9221.2006.00547_1.x/full

http://www.scribd.com/doc/66177162/Comparing-Media-Systems-Daniel-Hallin#scribd

Rick and Morty: S2 E5- Review

Preface:

Due to a somewhat cluttered college schedule, my reviews are starting to fall a bit behind. However, I plan to work extra hard to provide you with fresh content multiple times a week.

Review:

This episode of Rick and Morty was my least favorite of the entire show. However, that doesn’t make it a bad episode by any means. Get Schwifty, while being the weakest overall episode, is still a great one in its own right. The fact that I could still find a massive amount of enjoyment in my least favorite episode of a show proves that Rick and Morty is one of the greatest TV shows of all time.

The plot revolves around a race of giant head aliens gathering planets from throughout the universe to “show them what they’ve got” in a musical competition lampooning American Idol, and other shows of that nature. As I am not a big fan talent competition shows, or pop/hip hop music, I did not connect with the A plot of this episode as much as I would have liked to. Don’t confuse my lack of connection with a lack of appreciation, I could see that it was still cleverly written.

However, this episode was able maintain its quality status amongst its predecessors with its B plot. It takes a dive into religious cultism, as well as the illegitimacy of certain common religious practices. It provides an interesting commentary on the influence of religion throughout history, as well as in modern society, without mentioning any real religions. This B plot definitely has a plethora of material that can be deeply analyzed not in terms of show theory, but with regards to social commentary.

The best part of this episode was the post-credits scene. It was hands down the best in the series to date. Upon my first viewing, I laughed so hard that tears came out of my eyes. The simultaneous absurdity and imaginative nature of the scene created a perfect juxtaposition. There was also a surprising amount of buildup to it throughout the episode; it wasn’t uncalled for in any way. 

Evidently, I don’y really have much to say about this episode. While it was strong, it was still my least favorite episode of the show. I don’t enjoy talking about it as much as the rest, and, aside for the the B plot and the post-credits scene, I wasn’t deeply invested in it. Therefore, this review will naturally be shorter than usual. I appreciate the writing and messages it tries to get across, but it definitely could have been stronger overall.

World Communication Systems Blogs- Week 2

Globalization has exponentially restructured the international system that we inhabit. Ever since the Columbian Exchange began in the late 1400s, the world has been undergoing massive levels of change. Although the Columbian Exchange was not the first act of globalization, it was one of the most important. Countries have become much more interconnected then they ever were in the past. This has both benefited and harmed the world in prominent ways.

Globalization is not an entirely bad principle, as some may think. It leads to economic growth, job creation, and the spread of culture throughout the world. However, when countries abuse the globalization system for their personal gain, negatives of said system become extremely evident.

Globalization, or the abuse of it, has created major economic inequality. Large globalized corporations residing in core countries manipulate the periphery and semi-periphery for their own personal gain. This leads to resources being drained from the countries that need them the most, and sold for a massive profit by the major economic powers of the world. Globalization has also led to human rights issues. Horrid living conditions, extremely low wages, and even sometimes slave labor are just a few of the many problems that plague the workers that the core outsources from throughout the periphery.

In my opinion, our world can work as a globalized international system. However, when selfish people in the core decide to abuse the system, those in the periphery, and even semi-periphery, begin to suffer immensely. They encounter flagrant violations of their human rights on a daily basis. That is the reason why globalization has a more negative than positive connotation for me.

Sources:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikecollins/2015/05/06/the-pros-and-cons-of-globalization/

http://www.manufacturing.net/articles/2010/06/the-pros-and-cons-of-globalization