Welcome to the Fall 2011 class blog for Global News and World Media Cultures. We have a WHOLE WORLD to talk about this semester. On this site, I’ll post topics, aggregate links to pertinent articles and organize links to your class work. I’m continuing the blog started in Spring 2011 because so many of the links pertain to interesting and life-shifting happenings in our world this year. You’ll want to take a look back…
Let’s think about some of the changes in our world since May 2011:
- The shifting sands in Libya as the rebels take Tripoli. Here’s a look at the Libyan media.
- The formation of a new country on the world map with Southern Sudan’s birth. Read about a forecast of freedom and also learn what the changes might mean for media in both Sudans.
- The killings in Norway. So many issues emerged for the media with the act of the lone gunman. Read about one of those issues.
- The UK riots. What role did social media play? Should governments “turn off” social media during times of unrest? Read a BBC article on this question.
- Could social media hinder revolutions? Here’s an interesting take (published in the New York Times) on that question by a Yale graduate student.
- What about phone hacking for information for stories? Did you know one of Rupert Murdoch’s papers in the UK, the tabloid News of the World, closed? Now, the company is examining all of its UK papers.
This is only a beginning look at shifting sands and media issues in our world today. What other media issues arose across the summer? What issues impact your life?