POL114H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Walter Cronkite, Iraq War, United States Department Of State

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Increased knowledge does not equal to increased action. Have things really changed: global inequality, rich and poor states. Inequality of access to the web: cultural imperialism, western domination. English-language dominated, american-centric: states seek to control their citizens. Regulations, censorship or interest filtering, media licensing, monitoring communications (nsa) Use of media to spread propaganda: states see relations as a zero sum game. Online espionage, theft of state secrets, cyber warfare (i. e ddos) , government hacking. New tech used in weaponry, spying, etc: a state-centric world. Most tv programming is still local or national. 2/3 of russian public trusts russian state-controlled media more than any other source: the rich have a disproportionate effect on the world. Media corporation ownership is more and more concentrated. Death of distance: a long process, starting in the mid-1800s with the invention of the telegraph, then the telephone, then the computer and internet, also reduced distance between politicians and people, also reduced distance between politicians and people.

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