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  1. With the realization that the mass media has such an overwhelming impact on the development of globalization, there is a clear impetus to examine this issue and how it impacts individuals.
  2. The Case of North Korea and its Nuclear Program as Told by CNN
  3. CNN has provided detailed coverage of the development of North Korea's nuclear arms program.
  4. Other reporters for CNN detailing the events surrounding the development of North Korea's nuclear program have also made biased remarks about the country and its nuclear program.
  5. Arguably, the picture pained by CNN of North Korea and its nuclear program are not very palatable
  6. Interviewing Korean Students
  7. After the ten Korean students had been interviewed, each was given a copy of the five CNN articles used for investigation in this research.
  8. How the Case Reflects Issues of Globalization
  9. Conclusions

Over the course of the last three decades, notable changes have taken place in the context of international discourse. Although many of these changes have occurred as the natural result of the evolution of individual countries, overall changes in the international community have been spurred by the process of globalization. As noted by Foley (1996) the global community has become reorganized along political and economic lines. While these changes have made it possible for many developing countries to make notable gains toward industrialization, the process has significantly changed the way in which developed countries interact and function in the global society.

[...] Hafez (1999) in his examination of the manner in which mass media impacts globalization argues that, mass media may be considered agents of globalization? (p. 48). This is clearly what is being described in this case. CNN has a negative impact on individual views of North Korea. Even though there is ample evidence to suggest that there is another side to what is occurring in North Korea, none of this information has been presented by CNN in its coverage of the country. [...]


[...] Although each of the interviewees was familiar with North Korea's nuclear arms program, none saw it as an imminent threat to global safety. The first step in the interview process to gauge the respondent's overall attitude toward North Korea. While it is evident that each interviewee had a different opinion about the country, none of respondents reported having a negative image of North Korea. For all respondents, the central issue of concern was the potential reunification that might occur if North Korea's economy collapses. [...]


[...] Foley (1996) in his examination of how the mass media influences the development of globalization argues that in most cases mass media is used as propaganda in an effort to make one side of a particular issue look more palatable than another. Foley argues that, form and content are selected with the sole purpose of bringing some target audience to adopt attitudes and beliefs chosen in advance by the sponsors of the communications? (p. 47). When this occurs, the international community forms an opinion about a country or situation. [...]

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