COMM288 D#4

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1.) To be honest, I can't really think of many positives, but I suppose that the spread of American media products across the globe can provide individuals with a sense of unity and an opportunity for global communication. For example, if one individual from America and one individual from Germany both like the same Pop song -or a similar genre of music- those people can communicate on some sort of even ground; They have something to bond over and, as a result, are more likely to put their cultural differences aside at least momentarily. Subjecting other audiences to media completely foreign to them may also provide a different perspective towards life, which might be healthy in some regards. 2.) I think that there are many downsides to cultural imperialism, starting with the increasing spread of the Big Mac Theory. As explained in Module two, the mass-production of American media produced by enormous conglomerates solely focused on financial domination could detrimentally affect the average viewer's appreciation for more refined and higher quality media. On a global scale, this can negatively affect cultural diversity, representation and traditions in favor of more "Americanized" junk. 3.) I've definitely been affected by foreign media -more specifically Japanese media- as I'm an avid enjoyer of both manga and anime. I was actually subjected to it as a youth in the mid 2000's by television companies that aired anime series during Saturday mornings as well as late nights. Dragonball, Yugioh and Gundam were some of the first Japanese media that I was exposed to, and it gave me a new
perspective on American cartoons that usually aired. I discovered manga sometime in middle school through my local library in the adolescent section, and once I learned that it was meant to be read from right to left, I couldn't put it down; It was refreshing from the usual drag of American books, and it gave me something to do that I developed a great appreciation towards. less
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