In this comprehensive volume, leading scholars of media and communication examine the nexus of globalization, digital media, and popular culture in the early 21st century.

The book begins by interrogating globalization as a critical and intensely contested concept, and proceeds to explore how digital media have influenced a complex set of globalization processes in broad international and comparative contexts. Contributors address a number of key political, economic, cultural, and technological issues relative to globalization, such as free trade agreements, cultural imperialism, heterogeneity, the increasing dominance of American digital media in global cultural markets, the powers of the nation-state, and global corporate media ownership. By extension, readers are introduced to core theoretical concepts and practical ideas, which they can apply to a broad range of contemporary media policies, practices, movements, and technologies in different geographic regions of the world—North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

Scholars of global media, international communication, media industries, globalization, and popular culture will find this to be a singular resource for understanding the interconnected relationship between digital media and globalization.

chapter 1|9 pages


part I|41 pages

History, Theory, and Globalization

part III|51 pages

Popular Culture and Globalization

part IV|37 pages

Digital Platforms and Globalization

chapter 15|8 pages

Streaming Diplomacy

Netflix’s Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy

part V|53 pages

Digital Media, Social Media, and Globalization

chapter 20|8 pages

Machine Translation

Mediating Linguistic Difference in the Era of Globalization

chapter 21|9 pages

Playing with Chinese Characteristics

The Landscape of Video Games in China

chapter 23|8 pages

Receiving Unfamiliar Culture in Post-Colonial Latin America in the Digital Age

Interpretations of Anime, Manga, and K-pop by Chilean Fans

part VI|58 pages

Globalization, Migration, and Mobility