Produced by Sut Jhally's Media Education Foundation (www.mediaed.org), Naomi Klein (Author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine) talks briefly about the relationship between branding, globalization, and the alter-globalization movements that attempt to expose the stories behind the logos of everyday brands.
How does the Internet actually work geographically? Where are the "backbones?" How is each part of the world, each country, connected? Where is the traffic most intense? Where is connectivity most vulnerable?
These are important questions. You can probably think of others. The answers are not easy to find. Here is a link to a very promising project: http://www.lumeta.com/internetmapping/
GLOBAL FUSION CONFERENCE 2008
Ohio University Inn and Conference Center
Athens, OH, Friday Oct. 31 thru. Sunday Nov. 2, 2008
The purpose of the Global Fusion Conference series is to promote academic
excellence in international-intercultural communications studies worldwide.
These conferences bring together scholars and professionals interested in
mass communication, journalism, comparative broadcasting, diplomacy,
transnational communication, advertising, new communications technologies,
media economics and privatization, cultural effects, visual communication,
This volume examines the broad relationships between anthropology as a discipline and movements of mass mediation. The chapters are clustered into sections thematically, covering the materiality of media, representations of Self and Other, reception studies, colonialism, nationalism, and power.
The parallels between anthropology and the mass media are emphasized throughout, specifically regarding their relationship to globalization and transnational circuitry.
This edited volume highlights several anthropological investigations into the processes of production, distribution, and reception which comprise what we commonly refer to as 'the mass media.' The book's authors illuminate the nuanced and inextricable ties between mass mediation and the processes of qualitative globalization through critical ethnographic inquiry. In the process, the reader's assumptions about both 'media' and 'globalization' are consistently challenged.
New research examines the environmental impact of wealthy nations on middle and poor income nations as well as the reverse. Thara Srinivasan of the Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab (PEaCE) finds that the cost of the damage done by wealthy nations to poor nations exceeds the amount of their debts. Environmental impact was measured by looking at a number of factors including climate change, ozone depletion, and deforestation.