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The globalization of news in the 19th century

Rantanen, Terhi (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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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
Library of Congress subject classification: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2009 09:14

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