Globalisation: Technoscape and Wentworth

Globalisation refers to an international community influenced by technological development and economic, political, and military interests. It is characterised by a worldwide increase in interdependence, interactivity, interconnectedness, and the virtually instantaneous exchange of information (O’Shaughnessy and Stadler, 458).

When trying to decide what it was I wanted to look at for this week’s blog, it was hard because Globalisation is such a huge and broad topic. Firstly I decided to focus on one area that being Technoscape.

Technology, both high and low, both mechanical and informational, now moves at high speeds across various kinds of previously impervious boundaries” (Lechner and Boli, 2006). My example is the Internet, which I then decided to look at through Transmedia stories: which refer to telling the same story using a number of different media formats. (Television, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google search). It is a process where key elements of a fiction get spread systematically across multiple networks for the purpose of creating a shared and structured experience for individuals enjoyment. Each medium should and does makes its own contribution to the telling of the story.

Okay so let’s talk WENTWORTH, it is the contemporary reimagining of the Australia’s Prisoner (Tv Series). Basically, another prison drama, depicting what a women’s prison is like in Australia. It draws from the original series, although a number of characters are much like their original counterparts, the series brings new life to the original stories as well as new direction. Unlike the original series, Wentworth has a much larger audience base, thanks to new forms of media, people create YouTube videos, Instagram, and don’t get me started on the MEME, and GIFS.  Wentworth is just one of thousands of television shows being distributed over the internet, being manipulated and reproduced for other peoples personal and financial gain. The Internet is a Global world all on its own. A fierce and out of control network, we need things to progress and move forward in order to grow, although it can seem bad, Globalisation, in the end, is positive.

Reference list:

  • O’Shaughnessy, M and Stadler, J (2008) ‘Globalisation’ Media and Society (fifth edition) Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 458-471.
  • Lechner, F. and Boli, J., 2006. The globalization reader. 5th ed. Malden (MA): Blackwell.

 

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