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A comparative analysis of nation state media access as a global welfare dilemma

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  1. Introduction
  2. Global history of media access dilemma
  3. Major ideological traditions perpetuating limited media access
  4. Alternative approaches
  5. Conclusion
  6. References

One can define media as communication vehicles designed for mass transmission ? including newspapers, magazines, television and radio. This definition allows for media to include such entities as K-12 schools, internet blogs. However, this paper will focus on the four media forms noted in the definition. For the purposes of this analysis media access is the dual ability to 1) influence the information that is dispersed and 2) receive the information that is sent through mass forms of communication such as newspapers, magazines, radio airwaves and television channels. While there is a wave of ?new media? (e.g. Dams, 2008, Datamonitor.com, 2008, ?Tony's Last Word?, 2008), such as cellular phones and internet channels, this un-moderated interactive media will be marginally addressed.

[...] Many of these media products coming out of South Korea have a strong influence throughout the (South-) East Asia region, in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan (Ryoo, 2008). New media not only lends itself to a greater regional influence, but also to a greater population influence. The global publishing market is adapting as technology advances . Substitutes to the publishing market include other forms of media, educational material and entertainment, such as television, CD-ROM learning software and computer gaming, to name but a few. [...]


[...] Persson, A., & Newman, C. (2008, May). Making monsters: Heterosexuality, crime and race in recent Western media coverage of HIV. Sociology of Health & Illness, 632-646. Ryoo, W. (2008). The political economy of the global medias cape: The case of the South Korean film industry. Media, Culture & Society, 873- 889. Ryoo, W. (2005). role of the state in the national medias cape: The case of South Korea', Global Media Journal, http://lass.calumet.purdue.edu/cca/gmj/sp05/graduatesp05/gmj-sp05gradref- ryoo.htm. Shim, D. (2006) Hybridity and the rise of Korean popular culture [...]


[...] Thus, media access is especially crucial for minorities of a nation-state. If these communities do not contribute to the content, they then become marginalized, novelized figures in their respective societies. Persson and Newman (2008) state: ?Such political mobilizations of ?stranger- danger', and the media attention given to men such as Kanengele-Yondjo married Congolese immigrant who knowingly infected two women with HIV], confine HIV to clearly marked bodies, diverting sexual responsibility and risk away from heterosexual Anglo-Australians? (p. 639). This later concern suggests one of the major social welfare implications of media access stereotype formation and stereotype threat. [...]

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