GEOG 122 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Consumerism, Ethnic Nationalism, Celebrity Culture

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14 Feb 2017
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There are different disneylands and disney worlds - commodification of culture where values, meanings, habits, and traditions we live by are compressed and transformed into marketable transactions. Us films capture up to 80% market share in parts of europe. Tv exports aided by the regularisation of the airwaves, the multiplication of consumer choice. Cultural imperialism: elements of popular culture disseminated globally. Celebrity culture: tv time, space, and conservation. Dominance of western news agencies in papua new guinea, 1999. Hollywood; al-jazeera (arab) news network gives a different viewpoint. The rise of global consciousness, 1880-1930, accompanying globalisation of trade. World time (1884) based on greenwich (london) mean time (gmt). Nobel prize (1895), olympic games (1896), expansion of the gregorian calendar outside europe (china 1912, russia 1918). Power of empire: latin, english, world religions. Power of reason, but note eurocentrism of eg. gmt. Standardization thinking beyond local, standard measuring stick.

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