Filed under: Media Studies
In “The City in a Globalizing world” by David Harvey, he examines the phenomenon of increasing urbanization in recent history. He then analyzes the phenomenon from an Marxist framework. He breaks down and expounds upon the new changes of the new global and sociological changes as follows: (a) financial deregulation, (b) The cost and time of moving commodities, people and particularly information ratcheted downwards, (c) production and organizational forms changed, (d) The world proletariat has almost doubled in the last 30 years, (e) the territorialization of the world has changed, (f) While individual state lost some of their power, geopolitical democratization creative new opportunities.
Harvey, David (1996) The City in a Globalizing World, reprinted in Lemert, C. C. (1999). Social theory: The multicultural and classic readings. Boulder, Colo: Westview Press. p. 622-626
“Sex, Lies & Advertising” by Gloria Steinem is qualitative survey of the creation and marketing to women based on her experiences with Ms. magazine. Ms. Magazine is a femenist magazine which presents womens issues at the forefront of the women’s movement, and like other commercial magazines still has to depend on advertisers to stay aflot. Steinem brings up issues of how editorial content has to be constructed or in order to appease advertisers and the role that they play in the magazine industry. She also discusses issues of routine discrimination based on stereotypes, even in the face of market research.
Steinem, G. (1990). Sex, lies, and advertising. United States: s.n.
“Four Puzzels From Cyberspace” is an excerpt from a longer text called Code v. 2.0 by intellectual property lawyer Lawerence Lessig. In this text Lessig tells a story of cyber space. More then just the connecting for gathering of information, but the actual spaces and communities that are formed within this space. A story of a conflict of virtual neighbors in this space is recounted and examined. Through this examination issues of conflicts, control, regulation and soveriegnty on the internet are explored. Ideas for improving our understanding of our cyber space experiences in relationship to our real space experiences are given.
Lessig, L. (1999). Code and other laws of cyberspace. New York: Basic Books.