The impetus to include a “multimedia” section in the discussion of globalization is two-fold. On the one hand, transnational circuits of audio-visual media make possible this qualitatively new period in the history of global relations. By now, even the most remote regions of the world have access to satellite televisual signals, radio broadcasts, and Internet connections. In many cases, this access is no longer a novelty. On the other hand, also circulating are highly mediated and politicized representations of globalization itself. These images and sound-bytes inform and counter-inform, highlighting some facets of globalization while masking others.
As such, we have found it pertinent to include in our multimedia section various content that pertain to our double-edged (dialogical?) understanding of globalization/media.
1. The “Raw Data” Set
Although we recognize that the media featured here is, by definition, mediated and not “raw,” this section might be called the “raw data” set for it aims to capture and represent globalization’s ‘apparatus’—the global flows of culture (media, fashion, art, food, etc) that create novel linkages between disparate groups.
2. Globalization “From Above”
This section will include, but not be limited to, politicians, spokespersons for NGOs and businesses—in essence, the ideologues of economic globalization, the proponents of intensified economic interconnectedness.
3. Globalization “From Below”
This section will highlight the forces of the alter-globalization movement, the opponents of economic globalization, for whom “globalization” takes on a starkly different meaning.
4. The Academy
The media featured here will feature academic analysts, critics, and pundits, as they discuss the issues surrounding the forces of globalization.