Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date


Conference Name

International Studies Association

Conference City

Honolulu HI

Conference Dates

March 2005.


Global video news can be seen as one dimension of globalizing imperialism, through which large media corporations seek to impose Western culture and values on non-Western people. This is partly true. At the same time, such Western culture advances a democratic agenda. In the process, it starts to develop a global press that is corporate but free by Western standards. Its technology and practices serve as a model for non-Western media to compete and complicate the global television news space--to make it global not only in form but also in content and interpretation. The good news stories, celebrating democracy are few and far between. The bad news stories are far more prevalent. As the democratic media spread the democratic myth, they are quite critical—of others.


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