Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Globalization, Coverage of
William A. Hanff
Globalization is the process of increasing communication interconnectivity between geographically distant and diverse populations, cultures, and economies. This is usually, though not always, brought about by technological advances in transportation and communications and through the creation of virtual interactions. With regard to journalism, globalization can mean both the process of this interconnection and reporting about the end results. Two resulting phenomena are particular noteworthy. The first is the public's expectation of instant international news as part of the now standard 24-hour news cycle. The second is the expectation of ongoing cultural exchange between previously separated and diverse groups of people. of this increased cultural exchange, some scholars see increased diversity and hybridization of cultures (pluralism), while others see an extension of Anglo-American corporate hegemony (cultural imperialism). Paradoxically, evidence for both outcomes abound. Integral to both of these globalization phenomena is continuing improvement of technologies of transport, distribution, and communications. Globalization ...