Media, Sex, Violence and Drugs in the Global Village

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Prominent media scholars such as Herbert Schiller have long noted the implications of Western-especially American-cultural influence on peoples of the developing Third World. "Media, Sex, Violence, and Drugs in the Global Village" provides a multicultural analysis of the impact of globalized Western media, including movies, syndicated radio programs, the Internet, and satellite and cable television programs. Looking specifically at themes of sex, violence, and drugs, an international cast of media scholars offers...
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Overview

Prominent media scholars such as Herbert Schiller have long noted the implications of Western-especially American-cultural influence on peoples of the developing Third World. "Media, Sex, Violence, and Drugs in the Global Village" provides a multicultural analysis of the impact of globalized Western media, including movies, syndicated radio programs, the Internet, and satellite and cable television programs. Looking specifically at themes of sex, violence, and drugs, an international cast of media scholars offers case studies of countries grappling with the influences of both Western cultural imports and similar local productions. For example, the authors examine the extent to which Hollywood's methods are copied by producers outside the United States and whether or not these result in more sex-, violence-, or drug-oriented themes in indigenous productions. The book further proposes a framework for understanding the political, social, and economic problems that face media policy makers in an age of globalization.

Author Biography: Yahya R. Kamalipour is professor of mass and international communication at Purdue University Calumet. Kuldip R. Rampal is professor of mass communication at Central Missouri State University.

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Editorial Reviews

Waddick Doyle
Media, Sex, Violence, and Drugs in the Global Village shows the use of these powerful themes in changing the habits of audiences in many different contexts. These new habits reflect one of the driving forces of media—globalization—particularly on television and the Internet. The book provides a useful set of case studies on countries from Turkey to Korea and South Africa to Canada, along with some cross-national studies. Students learn not only about a variety of national mediascapes but also a variety of methodological approaches—from the quantitative to the qualitative, from media effects to political economy. . . . Any student wishing to understand the role of programming (and racy or 'taboo' programming in particular) in transforming audience habits and values will find this book useful.
Cynthia Carter
This is a unique and welcome addition to debates about the global dominance of American culture in the twenty-first century. Media, Sex, Violence, and Drugs in the Global Village brings together insights from American media and cultural critics and observations on the global influence of American culture from commentators living outside the United States. An important contribution to the analysis of globalization, it will be essential reading for students and academics in communication, media, and cultural studies.
Richard Maxwell
This book is both original and significant in that it attempts to grab a worldview of media problems that have hitherto been most extensively studied in the United States alone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742500600
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2001
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Yahya R. Kamalipour is professor of mass and international communication at Purdue University Calumet. Kuldip R. Rampal is professor of mass communication at Central Missouri State University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Paradox of Media Effects 5
2 Social Implications of Media Globalization 17
3 A Global Perspective on Internet Sexual Content: Nations' Values as Predictors of Internet Web Sex Pages 29
4 North America's Cult of Sex and Violence 51
5 Drugs in Television, Movies, and Music Videos 69
6 The Mass Media and the Health of Adolescents in the United States 77
7 Covering his Not-So-Private Parts: The Multinational and Multicultural Struggle to Regulate the Broadcasts of Shock-Jock Howard Stern 97
8 Cultural Bane or Sociological Boon? Impact of Satellite Television on Urban Youth in India 115
9 Pornography, Perceptions of Sex, and Sexual Callousness: A Cross-Cultural Comparison 131
10 A Lethal Combination: Sex and Violence in the World of Korean Television 153
11 Women, Media, and Violence in the New South Africa: Disciplining the Mind (the Body Is Irrelevant) 167
12 Media, Violence, Drugs, and Sex in Turkey 201
13 Media, Sex, Violence, and Drugs: Egypt's Experience 219
14 Sex, Violence, and Terrorism in Hollywood's International Political Imagery 235
15 Between Globalization and Localization: Television, Tradition, and Modernity 261
Epilogue 273
Suggested Readings 279
Index 283
About the Editors and Contributors 289
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