Kill your television (and foreign policy, too?)

Just came across this very interesting abstract of an article by Monroe Price at the Annenberg School in the most recent issue of the Annals of American Political and Social Science. The issue of AAPSS (September 2009, Vol. 625, Iss. 1) in which this article appears is called “The End of Television (So Far),” and appears to have some interesting content coming from a variety of perspectives. Looks like it’s worth a glance.

End of Television and Foreign Policy

Monroe E. Price

Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

The transformation of television has altered the capacity of the state to control the agenda for making war, convening peace,and otherwise exercising its foreign policy options. In the age of the state gatekeeper, there was at least the illusion (and often the reality) that the government could substantially control the flow of images within its borders. With transformations in television systems, national systems of broadcast regulation have declined, replaced by transnational flows of informationwhere local gatekeepers are not so salient. The rise of satellites with regional footprints and the spread of the Internet givegovernments the ability to reach over the heads of the state and speak directly to populations. Both receiving and sendingstates will have foreign policies about the meaning of the right to receive and impart information and the extent to which satellite signals can be regulated or channeled.

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 625, No. 1, 196-204 (2009)

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