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New Communications Technology Lecture on New Communications Technology (lecture 8)

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Communication Studies
Anne- Marie Kinahan

Lecture 8: CS101C Mass Communications in Canada Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 New Communications Technology Media Convergence  Technological convergence: different media merge into a new technology  Economic convergence: corporate mergers, consolidation of industry, mult- media companies  Time Warner/ CTVGlobe Media/ Rogers Media Convergence in Canada  Competition between cable companies and phone companies  Creation of “National Champions”: multimedia corporations: o CTVglobemedia o CanWest Global Communications o This allows large companies to:  Converge television, film, newspapers etc Culture and Industry  1993: Department of Communications broken into new departments  Industry Canada o They ensure there is a strong and reliable structure for communications?  Department of Canadian Heritage  Industry versus culture Regulation  1976: Canadian government adds telecommunications regulations to mandate the CRTC  CRTC: Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission o The industry increasingly gets closer together  Will it regulate the internet? o Ensure that there is a certain amount of Canadian content o Control over the type of content o To make money o They decided to not regulate the internet because it was not a part of broadcasting CRTC  1999: CRTC decides it will not regulate the internet because they did not consider it “broadcasting” o internet is thought to be a lot closer to the telephone as opposed to the television o internet is a fundamentally different form of communication Lecture 8: CS101C Mass Communications in Canada Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 The Digital Divide  Divide between people who have access to technologies and those who do not o There is different access to these technologies depending on where people are located (poor versus well-off)  Technological literacy  Income disparities  Access to technologies Global Digital Divide  Industrialized countries (such as Canada, The US, Britain) have greater access to PCs, Internet, and new technologies  Non-industrialized countries (such as Latin America, Africa, South East Asia) have less access to technologies Communication and Globalization  Rise of media is linked to globalization  Creation of international communities through trade agreements, political alliances, communications technologies  Can be positive or negative  The world itself becomes much smaller, because people can interact across
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