This paper examines how the emergence of media globalisation has fuelled debates that have arisen on the weakening of the nation state and the deregulation of government in media ownership. We will address how the tensions between political influence and media globalization create issues that include economic interests, resistance to cultural imperialism and promotion of national identity. Such issues create impacts on the role on governments, agencies and corporations making decisions about culture and the media, and how communities might interact with such decision-making.
Using Singapore as the site of analyses, explorations will be made on how authorities make vigorous efforts in permitting or preventing cross-media ownership and concentration in media sectors. Additionally, illustrations will be made on how Singapore government establish regulatory and security mechanisms to deal with issues of media responsibility, social cohesion and nation building which Heng (2002) proposes are central to the government-media relations that constitute the foundations of media markets. These domestic regulatory cultural policies bear economic and socio-cultural agendas for the media system in Singapore and create a new scenario for both regulatory bodies and media companies.
Media Ownership and Concentration in an Era of Globalisation
McChesney (2001) identified that previously in the eighties and nineties, media systems were primarily national, predominated by local commercial interests, and sometimes combined with a state-affiliated broadcasting service. In the past few years however, we see an emergence of a global commercial-media market, dominated and concentrated with a few multinational, cross-media conglomerates.
This development of media concentration, makes media culture now fair game for commercial exploitation, influencing full-scale commercialization of sports, arts, and education, and affecting the disappearance of notions of public... [continues]
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