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Week 5: Globalisation v Localisation

June 2, 2011

This week’s topic was on Globalisation. Not something new. The topic affects almost every other aspect or field.

Laura & Vanessa spoke about the effects of globalisation as well as its positive and negative impacts specifically with regards to journalism.

I personally feel that I could connect to a few positive points that the two brought up during the seminar.

Globalisation is said to bring about some impacts to journalism. They are:

  1. Availability of alternative media

– The invention of the Internet that brings about low cost in maintenance, where websites can be created and hosted either without any charge (despite some limitations that the site imposes on the user) or a minimal subscription fee. Thus, alternative or independent media can afford to post up their information at the same time offering a “check & balance” to the mainstream media. Alternative media sites include: The Huffington Post, Temasek Review, Malaysia Kini, and many others, that claim themselves to offering truth and objectivity in their news reports.

2.   Audiences becoming more “content-smart”

– With alternative/independent media available, audiences today now have also learnt to be more skeptical of the information that they receive. The audience can be selective with the information they have- They can choose what they want to hear and see.

3.   Brings freedom of speech & citizen journalism

– I suppose the nature of the Internet that allows anonymity (Turkle 1995) makes people more willing to voice out their opinions. To be heard  is a basic want in our life. But perhaps, our background, especially in Asian context, voicing out one’s opinion is not a encouraged. With the Internet, Turkle (1995) suggests that people are more willing to try out new things.

To confess, I too am skeptical of the information that I read in the mainstream media. I would choose to read from the alternative/independent media before reading the mainstream media news, and then evaluate the news thereafter. I would say that globalisation is good in a sense that it gives readers a broader view of an issue.

At the same time, in globalisation with the presence of the internet; social media networks play a part in a journalist’s work. Laura & Vanessa brought up the question that how would social media networks help enhance  a journalist’s work?

I think that social media networks like Facebook & Twitter helps journalists in giving information – like a “tip-off”; as a single person can’t be everywhere to get the best stories for the day. I recalled during the Sarawak State election recently; my Aunt who is a senior editor with The Borneo Post (I quoted her in Week 3’s post- My bad, totally forgot to mention that) was giving a tip-off via Facebook to her colleagues to get a scoop on an opposition party setting up a booth to campaign at a polling station on the day of the election itself. I thought that it was really interesting to see how they work!

What about you? What do you think about globalisation in respect to journalism?  

References:

Turkle, S 1995, Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet , Simon and Schuster, New York.

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One Comment
  1. “Audiences becoming more “content-smart””

    Regarding the above point, I believe that audience still need to be educated about the information they receive. Though the mainstream media might censor news due to political relations, they cannot assume that all that they read online are considered as fair news. Most of the online news are biased and encouraged by specific-interest groups. So instead, they should learn to keep an open mind and review both print and online news carefully instead of simply regarding the online news as the credible news. They should just consider it an alternative form of news. 🙂

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