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The globalization of news in the 19th century

Rantanen, Terhi ORCID: 0000-0002-5345-6699 (1997) The globalization of news in the 19th century. Media, Culture and Society, 19 (4). pp. 605-620. ISSN 0163-4437

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Identification Number: 10.1177/016344397019004006


This article contributes to the debate on globalization and the mass media. It argues that news agencies played a key role in globalization, using the early submarine cable networks, as early as the latter half of the 19th century; that manipulation of time and space on a global scale was an essential component in the construction of news as a category and in its commodification. The article then goes on to argue that this new global news space was not, as some postmodern enthusiasts have argued, frontierless but that, on the contrary, the news agencies, in pursuit of their commercial ends, erected a series of impermeable barriers which they controlled.

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Additional Information: © 1997 Sage
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2009 09:14
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:39

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