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The emergence of media: Humanity's endgame – a précis (Part Four)

By Mark Wegierski
web posted March 4, 2013

The author turns his attention to the somewhat scattered and fragmentary worldwide resistance to media outside America.

The Rest Of The World (A Brief Cultural Atlas): - cf. Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations?, and subsequent debate, especially in Foreign Affairs and The National Interest; also William Pfaff's The Wrath of Nations: Civilization and the Furies of Nationalism  and Benjamin J. Barber's Jihad vs. McWorld

Betrayal: Canadian Nationalism and Canada's Cultural Industries
Québec - Québec aux Québécois
Turkey - Ataturk's Legacy under challenge
Jihad - Arabs, Persians, Turks, and Kurds - Main Powers: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran
Gulf Mini-States
Jihad - Pakistan
Jihad - Afghanistan
North Africa - Main Powers: Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia
The Borderlands between North and Subsaharan Africa
East Africa - Main Power: Ethiopia
Israel - A Special Relationship Under Strain
Indonesia - A National Culturalist Policy
Eastasia - (China, "NipponTek", ROK, KPDR, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Myanmar (ruled by SLRC), Singapore - Lee Kuan Yew) (four little dragons) - (note: True Lies the first American movie to be allowed back into Vietnam, December 1994; Vietnam is now allowing big-name film-productions to work there)
Bharat - the World's Largest Cinema
Bangladesh
The Asian and Pacific Peripheries (Philippines, Papua-New Guinea, Oceania)
Rossiya - Sybir
The Caucasus
The Center of Eurasia (sometimes also called "Central Asia") (the ‘stans)
Serbia - an example of the limits of media? - "How many divisions does CNN have?" - continuing importance of "men with guns" - establishing control over land despite opposition of electronic realm - but Serbia mostly lost in the end
Europa (Continental Europe) - Main Powers: France (Phillipe de Villiers, Struggle for Values movement - 15% of the vote in European Parliament elections - part of the Other Europe group - also Sir James (Jimmy) Goldsmith one of its leaders - note his 1995 anti-free-trade book, The Trap); Germany; Italy; Spain; Poland
The Balkans - Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slavic Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Greece – new statelets like Kosovo have emerged
The Baltics - Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland
The Borderlands between Europe and Russia - Ukraine, Belarus
Noreuropa - Holland and Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland)
América (Latin America) - Main Powers: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Cuba
The Republic of Ireland / Northern Ireland
The United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
Australia and New Zealand
Media Colonization of Subsaharan Africa and the Caribbean - i.e., imposition of North American victimological imagery/imageries regardless of objective situation/s, leading to profound misunderstandings and misdirections of Western policy – Main Powers: Nigeria, "the New South Africa", Ghana, Kenya
Arctica - Nunavut, Greenland
Antarctica

Resistance To Media - W(H)ither Humanity?

Alternative Thinkers:
- George Parkin Grant - "By Loving Our Own"
- Christopher Lasch - Old-Fashioned Social Democracy; The Public Sphere and the Common Good
- Camille Paglia (Nietzsche + C.G. Jung) - Masculine and Feminine; Re-eroticizing the Lifeworld
- Ivan Illich - "The Tools for Conviviality"

Alternative Traditions:
- Continental European, étatiste model
- Canadian model of public media
- national schools of cinema
- possible return of                  the state
nationalism
traditional religion
literary-humanistic culture
- "alternative media"/ecology
- personal creation of small social spaces free of or inured to media influence
- creative subversion of media imageries, messages, and meanings

- the need for the emergence of a conscious, critical theory of media

Conclusion: The Ultimate Meaning Of Media: The Near Obliteration/ Impossibility Of MYTHOS, ETHNOS, AND TOPOS (effectively the onset of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World)

To be continued. ESR

Mark Wegierski is a Canadian writer and historical researcher.

 

 

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