Media Observations – Globalization

The globalization of the media is roughly defined as the ability to transmit your media from here to anywhere in the world in nothing but a few moments.
Globalization is constantly in action. The world is closer than ever with the rapid availability of information from any part of the world imaginable.
This causes a certain mismatch at times between the media displayed and the place in which it is found. In Mexico (and most of the world), for example, the Disney Channel is remarkably popular. The teenage actors living in penthouse suites contrasts dramatically with children living in plywood houses with dirt floors (and 36-inch flatscreen TVs).
Other examples of globalization are things you’re probably more familiar with.
Japanese animated series are popular with many cultures, but were not even widespread until globalization accelerated with the technologies that afford it.
The BBC offers several series that are incredibly popular in the United States, but without globalization, we would not even know that these series exist, nor understand the culture behind them well enough to appreciate them.
There are some who worry that the globalization of our media will eventually result in a dull, monochrome sort of entertainment industry, where all cultural individuality is lost. There are others who hope, like myself, that it will instead lead to a simple diversification of the messages we are able to take in through the media at any given time, making our choice of entertainment more up to us and less up to where we live.
What do you expect from the globalization of the entertainment industry or other areas of the media? What kinds of benefits or detriments do you expect from it?
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