Culture-on-Demand: Communication in a Crisis World by James Lull

By James Lull

This hugely unique, thought-provoking booklet – written via a pioneer of verbal exchange experiences – is the 1st to research the publish Sept. 11 global by way of international media and pop culture.

  • Written in an enticing and candid demeanour through a number one specialist during this box
  • Argues that cross-cultural realizing can in simple terms be completed via harnessing the facility of worldwide media, pop culture, details know-how, and private communications applied sciences
  • Examines the worldwide development of utilizing movie, video, track, and television “on-demand” because the framework wherein we adventure all cultural job
  • Draws idea from the paintings of more than a few theorists, from Charles Darwin to Anthony Giddens
  • Candidly interrogates the very most recent advancements in international affairs, specifically the jobs of fundamentalist non secular ideology, media globalization, and individualism, whose complicated relationships haven't begun to be defined by way of social scientists

Chapter 1 All Eyes at the international level (pages 1–23):
Chapter 2 Human Expression (pages 24–51):
Chapter three Programming Our own Supercultures (pages 52–79):
Chapter four the rush and Pull of tradition (pages 80–103):
Chapter five Globalized Islam (pages 104–132):
Chapter 6 Cultural Transparency (pages 133–150):
Chapter 7 The Open areas of world conversation (pages 151–170):
Chapter eight Fundamentalism and Cosmopolitanism (pages 171–194):
Chapter nine speaking the longer term (pages 195–206):

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Globalization generates not only new opportunities and hopes, but also new social desires, stresses, insecurities, and frustrations” (Chau 2003: 245). Under these circumstances, some of the most rewarding benefits that globalization can bring to the poor are symbolic victories resulting from attention that derives from media events. These can be national team victories in televised sports competitions such as the Olympics or World Cup soccer, for instance, or feats by individual persons from home who are celebrated by international media (sports heroes, politicians, beauty pageant contestants, scientists, writers, human rights activists, and many others), and the most recent category – terrorist leader.

The mundane quality of most expressive displays masks their robust significance. Choosing tiles for a new bathroom floor, for Human Expression 33 instance, is an expressive act. So are planting flowers in a garden; cooking a meal; driving a car (or, more dramatically, a motorcycle); trimming a tree. Expression embodies and articulates multiple meanings. Expressive acts usually have instrumental purposes, but they also exhibit personal and cultural values, tastes, preferences, and styles, whose expression is often considered more important than the functional dimensions.

And history makes clear that societies that fail to adopt and retain innovations “will be eliminated by competing societies” (Diamond 1999: 407). 3 Historian Kenneth Boulding observed that, “We can be pretty sure that innovation will not be carried on unless it is rewarded, and in traditional societies, where the innovator is looked upon with suspicion and even horror as one who violates ancient dignities and destroys the sacred patterns of society, innovation is not likely to be successful” (Boulding 1969: 340).

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