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Talking Back to Globalization

Texts and Practices


Edited By Brian Michael Goss, Mary Rachel Gould and Joan Pedro-Carañana

Globalization is one of the most widely circulated, high-stakes buzzwords of the past generation; yet discussion of the topic is often encased in paradox and contention over what globalization is, to whom and where it may (or may not) apply, and to what effect. In Talking Back to Globalization: Texts and Practices, contributors provide a series of case studies that stress the interplay between culture, politics, and commerce.
Interviews with Natalie Fenton and Radha S. Hegde survey globalization and its interpenetration with the spheres of journalism, activism, social media, and identity. The overview furnished by the interviews is followed by the volume’s two additional extended sections, «Texts» and «Practices.»
Chapters in the «Texts» section seek clues about globalization through its insinuation into mediated forms. The diverse selection of cases cover television, films, online travel web pages, blues music, and the political valences of Portuguese neo-fado.
Chapters in the «Practices» section address more diffused cases than media texts. Their analyses largely orient toward institutional concomitants of globalization that precede the subject’s experience of it. Chapters cover the trajectory of the European university, campaigns to shape journalistic practice during the Cold War, the posture of intellectuals vis-à-vis globalization, and the ideology that animates the Facebook experience.
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Chapter One: A Conversation with Natalie Fenton: “Resocializing the Political and Re-politicizing the Economy”


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A Conversation WITH Natalie Fenton

“Resocializing the Political and Re-politicizing the Economy”


June 2, 2015

Joan Pedro-Carañana (JPC): Hello Natalie, it’s a pleasure to have this conversation with you and learn more about the work you have conducted on media and politics in the context of globalization. The title of your keynote address to the globalization conference held at Saint Louis University—Madrid was “Mediated Public Spheres: The Problem of Politics and Dream of Democracy”. Could you start by providing a brief summary of the key ideas?

Natalie Fenton (NF): That talk started with the notion that there are lots of debates around currently, where the relationship between media and democracy has been brought to the forefront. So we can think of the relationship between the likes of WikiLeaks and democracy where the media is seen as being vitally important for ensuring the public has access to all sorts of information. But then you’ve got also the National Security Agency (NSA) and UK Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) and the perils of online surveillance where democracy is argued to be hindered through digital media. Then there are the famous cases of public sector broadcasters either acting as proxies for the voice of the government or blocking content in other ways. And of course there is the issue of massively increasing concentration of media ownership across...

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