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Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Popular Culture in a Globalized World
     

Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Popular Culture in a Globalized World

by Peter S. Grant, Chris Wood
 

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The unparalleled global distribution of books, television programs and other cultural products would seem to augur well for the diversity of ideas and creative expression. Yet ever more of this flow is concentrated in the hands of fewer giant corporations, significantly American controlled, whose agenda is not pluralism but profit. This book focuses upon the market

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The unparalleled global distribution of books, television programs and other cultural products would seem to augur well for the diversity of ideas and creative expression. Yet ever more of this flow is concentrated in the hands of fewer giant corporations, significantly American controlled, whose agenda is not pluralism but profit. This book focuses upon the market dynamics that drive ever-greater audiences to "blockbuster" films, TV programs, books and recording artists—at the expense of independent, alternative and increasingly necessary national voices.

This is the first book from a Canadian perspective to investigate the facts about where and how cultural artifacts are created, why they are so different from other manufactured products, and why they must be treated differently. Grant and Wood examine how much the nature and size of a cultural industry’s owner(s) matters; what "national" really means; how content quotas, expenditure rules and government subsidies help and hinder cultural industries; and why a new international vision must prevail. At the same time, they take a look at competition law and how it can promote diversity while examining how freedom of expression and cultural diversity are inextricably linked.

Clearly written, impeccably researched, and passionately argued.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926706795
Publisher:
D & M Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
File size:
1000 KB

Meet the Author

Peter S. Grant is one of Canada's leading communications lawyers. A senior partner at Canada's largest law firm, McCarthy Tetrault, he has represented clients in every branch of popular media.

Chris Wood has twenty-five years experience writing for national radio and print media. A former senior bureau chief for Maclean's, he has written two previous books.

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