Daya Thussu, “The Historical Context of International Communication”

Hey everyone,

Here are my questions/observations for this week’s reading:

1.  A lot of this reading focuses on government/official control of information and communication.  Have the processes of communication and information gathering and reporting become more democratized since the end of the Cold War?  In what ways is this so?  For what regions of the world and what people is this democratization still not fully a reality?

2.  Media like Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty during the Cold War were blatantly used by the government as propaganda against Communism.  Could media such as the BBC be considered modern-day propaganda?  In what circles would it be considered propaganda?  Why?  Can you think of any examples?

3.  Did NWICO make the media representations of the developing world more equitable?  Can media from the First World ever fairly represent the Third World?  Or are First World media cursed to misrepresent and ignore the nuances of the people, society, politics, and culture of the Third World?

Kristine Deveza


Hi everyone,

Upon reading our first article by Daya Thussu these are the questions that I would further discuss:

1. Historically wars have played major part in the development of media and communication outlets (British empire colonialism period, two world wars, the Cold War…). Is this still true today? Are we to see the media changing due to warfare in the near/far future or are things different nowadays?

2. What is the role of advertising for the development of media? How does it influence the objectivity and the nature of information transmission?

3. How can international community and specifically international organizations such as United Nations News Center and others affect the development of media outlets and flow of information? How can the Third World countries benefit from it?

Alona Volinsky.

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