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A. Mattson
Media & Communication/American Studies, SUNY College @ Old Westbury
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Thailand banned Pornhub and several other porn and gambling sites in November of 2020. These sites are against the law in Thailand and are considered cybercrimes. However, these sites have been around for years. Why is the government taking action now? Is there is more going on here? Thailand is no stranger to the sex industry. Both human trafficking and mass prostitution are a concern. The government has set up minimal reforms to reinforce the laws. But do these laws also censor critical views of the government? The Cybersecurity Act B.E. 2562 is a series of laws that regulates the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Global Media News
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The LGBTQ community in Russia is facing extreme hardships under Russian president Vladimir Putin. In 2013, President Putin established the "gay propaganda law" which would focus on "protecting children from information promoting the denial of traditional family values,” and bans the “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations to minors”. The press, television, radio, and internet would be restrained from promoting news about the LGBTQ community to the youth of Russia. Human Rights Watch researcher, Kyle Knight says the “blatantly discriminatory” law has had the “complete opposite effect of what the proponents of the law suggested it would have." Knight also states... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Global Media News
Nicaraguan news has come under attack in a political showdown with the government. Nicaragua has only two independent news outlets, Canal 12 News and La Prensa. They report the good and bad news about the country. All other Nicaraguan outlets are connected to President Daniel Ortega who has turned his back on democratic ways for his country. That means he gets to call the shots about the news they broadcast to the public. This limits what the public gets to know or see about what's going on in their own country. Media in Nicaragua According to Media Landscapes the majority... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Global Media News
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Ladies, has the internet judged you? If so, was it what you were wearing or what you were saying? Or was it both? Trolling on social media is a much bigger problem for women than it is for men. The ITU is reporting an increase in this online harassment during the pandemic. The fight against patriarchal ideologies has been going on for centuries. Yes, we have made strides toward the right direction, however, there is still work to be done. Progress doesn't mean equal, nor can it happen fast. Social media is a key setting where women are targeted for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at Global Media News
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Crunch time starts whenever a game is in its final stages of its development. Ben Gilbert described the crunch problem in Business Insider: "Too often, game developers are working unethically long hours to complete games, something that is often referred to as "crunch culture." Crunch Culture is a major issue for developers. CyberPunk 2077 developers CD Projekt Red revealed that employees were being crunched into a 6 day work week. According to Jason Schreier for the Japanese time, Polish developer CD Projekt Red send out a email asking "all of its employees to work six-day weeks in the lead-up to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at Global Media News
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Not your typical K-Drama soap opera People might think that "Crash Landing on You" is just another typical K-Drama romantic soap opera created for Netflix. Well think again. What's so typical about a South Korean paraglider crash landing on the North Korean border or so typical about being rescued by a North Korean military officer? This series explores the differences in North and South Korean cultures. It combines two characters who are so different that they would be an unlikely couple, but who fall in love anyway. The following is an official trailer of Crash Landing on You from Youtube:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at Global Media News
The United States isn't the only country that has a presidential election coming up. Bolivians will decide who their president will be on October 18. Will the Bolivian media play a role in the election? Or will it play a lesser role while the candidates go at it? Also, will the government play a role in what the media does? First off, it is important to highlight some rather alarming events that occurred during last year's presidential election involving journalists, as protests that broke out following the controversial election, which was said to have involved "electoral fraud by independent university... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at Global Media News
On September 10, 2020 Turkish authorities convicted journalists Barış Pehlivan,Hultay Kilinc,Yeni Yasam,Murat Ağırel, Ferhat Çelik, and Aydın Keser for violating the country’s national intelligence laws in reporting the death of a officer in the National Intelligence Agency. In court Hultay Kilinc stated that "“What I did was journalism, I did not know that the photograph that was published contained (images of) members of (Turkey’s national intelligence organization) MIT and it was not possible for me to know that.” The people of Turkey stood outside the court outraged over the arrests due to the violation of the right to freedom of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Global Media News
We are back! Here are some tips for posting on Global Media News: Choose a Global Media News Topic: The most important thing is to have a well-defined topic. Does it have a clear global media news angle? Ask yourself: how does your topic help us to understand world media or the media of a particular nation or region? Or: Does it help us to understand the role of American or transnational media in a global media market? Define and Outline Your Topic First: Can you sum it up in a headline or a well-written opening sentence or two? Do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2020 at Global Media News
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Civilian proving a green health code by having a QR code scanned. Source: South China Morning Post Chinese social media apps are used by over a billion people. The Chinese government is using the popularity of these apps and smartphones to aid in surveillance efforts relating to COVID-19. Major global technology companies are working on new devices and techniques to alert people if they could have been exposed to COVID-19. WeChat and Weibo, which are more traditional social media websites as used in China, are being used to locate those who are potentially infected with COVID-19. The efforts on social... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at Global Media News
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Listen to Global Media News! Still Loading: Does the Digital Divide Students? Can China Tame Animal Crossing New Horizons? Has TikTok Made the #Quarantine into a Dance Craze? Zoom Has its Problems. Are They Yours? Don't Stop the Music: Cloud-Clubbing in China. Sing to Me? Why Celebrities Are Streaming into Your Home. Keeping Your Distance: Journalists at Work in a Pandemic. Lights! Camera! Livingroom! Newscasters Are Working From Home. Global Media News covers new media news from around the world. GMN is a production of Media Studies students from the SUNY College @ Old Westbury. We scour the web for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at Global Media News
In order to stay connected economically, politically, and socially, it is important to have the ability to access computers and the internet. However, not everyone is able to access such technology. The "digital divide" is the increasing rift between the "underprivileged members of society, especially the poor, rural, elderly, and handicapped portion of the population who do not have access to computers or the internet; and the wealthy, middle-class, and young Americans living in urban and suburban areas who have access", according to the Computer Science department at Stanford University During the Coronavirus pandemic, we are relying on the internet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at Global Media News
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Animal Crossing allows users to implement custom patterns in-game. Source: Twitter The Animal Crossing series is a popular topic on social media since its release on March 20. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has broken sales records worldwide as COVID-19 keeps people at home. Even Mainland China is discussing the game on social media. The Nintendo Switch officially launched in China in December 2019 with only one video game available at first. The video game must be purchased though the Chinese e-shop and online multiplayer is unavailable, Mashable SE reports. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is not officially available in Mainland China... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at Global Media News
We are postponing the Student Media Arts Celebration (MAC) until the spring of 2021. A public gathering in the middle of a pandemic is not safe. You can still submit your work: All work created since April of 2019 will be eligible for #MAC21. Get Ready for a Really Big... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at 2021 MAC Awards
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Listen to the Podcast! This Week in New Media News : Can Reddit Quarantine the Coronavirus Hoaxes? Wikipedia Edit War: China vs. Taiwan! How Effective is Political Advertising on Youtube? Is There an Art to Manipulating Facebook Users? Best #BlackGirlMagic Podcasts! Gaming Censorship: Why Did China Ban Plague Inc.? Infodemic? Can the CDC Stop Coronavirus Misinformation on Social? Global Media News is a weekly webcast covering new media news from around the world. GMN is a production of Media Studies students from the SUNY College @ Old Westbury. We scour the web for news about about the world of media,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2020 at Global Media News
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Listen to Global Media News! This Week in New Media News : Chinese Citizen's Reporting on COVID-19: News or Misinformation? What to Do About Online Harassment of Journalists? The Bracelet of Silence: A Real Solution to a Privacy Problem? Can IGTV Solve Instagram's Youth Flight to TikTok? Take Control of Your Notifications! What's the Trouble with Youtube Content ID? Why Did the Chinese Military Hack Equifax in 2017? Global Media News is a weekly webcast covering new media news from around the world. GMN is a production of Media Studies students from the SUNY College @ Old Westbury. We scour... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at Global Media News
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Listen to Global Media News! This Week in New Media News : COVID-19 Infodemic: Can Twitter Stem the Tide of Misinformation? It's Not Just Russia: Iran's Facebook Influence Campaigns. What's YouTube's Disinfo Policy for the 2020 Elections? Going to Extremes: Social Media & Political Polarization. Is Your Location-Tracking Data Helping Government Trail You? PC Build Vid Backlash: Why the Fuss? Spotify for Songwriters? Is TikTok Getting Hotter? Global Media News is a weekly webcast covering new media news from around the world. GMN is a production of Media Studies students from the SUNY College @ Old Westbury. We scour the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2020 at Global Media News
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Listen to the Podcast! This Week in New Media News : Can News Corp's Knewz Aggregator Overthrow Facebook & Google? The 19th: All the News for Women in Politics? Drones for Science: How to Collect Climate Data in Accessible Places. Should You Be Scared of Clearview AI? Will Advertising Be Less Effective If We All Go Into Digital Detox ? How Marketers Are Targetting Gen Z with TikTok. Should Youtube Demonetize Gaming Channels with 'Mature' Content for Kids? Streaming Rules: What about Cable TV and Movie Theaters? Global Media News is a weekly webcast covering new media news from around... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at Global Media News
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Listen to Global Media News! This Week in New Media News : Can the Federal Trade Commission Regulate Content on Youtube? Spotify vs. Apple Music: Who Will End Up with All the Users? No Negative News: Why Is China Arresting WeChat Users? Are Snapchat's Fans in Law Enforcement Watching You? Will Facebook Limit Political Misinformation? What Does Zuck Have to Say About Freedom of Expression? TikTok for Marketers: What's Not to Love? How Big a Deal Is 5G for the Future of Journalism? Global Media News is a weekly webcast covering new media news from around the world. GMN is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Global Media News
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Listen to Global Media News! Media News from Turkey, Afghanistan, Yemen, Malaysia, Japan, Iraq, Sudan: Is There Press Freedom in Erdoğan's Turkey? ZAN TV: Gender & Journalism in Afghanistan. Yemen: Can You Report from a Bloody Civil War? Malaysian Media Under Mahathir bin Mohamad. Is Twitter a Thing in Japan? Why so Popular? Iraqi Protesters Using Whatsapp to Fight the Power. After Al-Bashir: Is There Internet Freedom in Sudan? Global Media News is a weekly webcast covering media news from around the world. GMN is a production of Media Studies students from the SUNY College @ Old Westbury. We scour... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at Global Media News
Without freedom of speech journalists are facing a crisis in Turkey. Press freedom in Turkey took a major hit in 2016, when a coup d'etat was attempted against the government. According to Deutsche Welle, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency and detained tens of thousands of military personnel, public servants, academics, writers, and journalists. 130,000 public officials were dismissed for allegedly being linked to terrorist groups. According to Freedom House, there is no freedom of speech in Turkey. It currently ranks 157 out of 181 countries in Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index. Turkey arrests... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at Global Media News
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Listen to Global Media News! Media News from Russia, Pakistan, China, Bolivia, Canada, South Korea: How Close to the Kremlin is the Chef's Patriot Media Group? Can Imran Khan Regulate the Pakistani Press? Have You Met Bytedance? Is TikTok a Privacy Threat? Why Has China Slammed the Door on The Joker? Will Boliva's New President Jeanine Áñez Rein in the Media Before the Next Election? Can Social Media Protests Stop a Tuition Hike in Canada? From K-Pop to Parasite: South Korea's Media Exports Are Big Business. Global Media News is a weekly webcast covering media news from around the world.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Global Media News
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Listen Up! Global Media News Podcast Media News from Guatemala, Hungary, Tunisia, Japan, Brazil: Xyaab’ Tzuultaq’a 99.5 FM: Indigenous Community Radio in Guatemala! Orban Tightening His Grip on Hungarian Media? Free at Last? Tunisian Media after the Fall of Ben Ali. Japanese Mobile AI Apps Shop for Clothes. Trusted Source? Social for News in Japan. Meet Globo: The Biggest Name in Brazilian Media. Global Media News is a weekly webcast covering media news from around the world. GMN is a production of Media Studies students from the SUNY College @ Old Westbury. We scour the web for news about about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Global Media News
Press freedom in Hungary took a major hit with the formation of the Central European Press and Media Foundation (KESMA) in August 2018. KESMA was created by loyalists of Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Its chairman is a former lawmaker from Orban's party and the other two board members are Orban loyalists, one being his personal lawyer. In a coordinated move over 400 media outlets were donated voluntarily without compensation to KESMA in November 2018. According to the New York Times, these outlets are pro-government and highly supportive of Orban. This massive donation puts most private Hungarian media outlets under... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Global Media News
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Listen to Global Media News! Media News from China, Brazil, Russia, Nicaragua, and Somalia: Why Is China Flirting with African Media? Brazilian Mayor Bans Gay Images from Rio Book Fair. Russia's Gay Propaganda Law Is Affecting Gaming and Music Industry. Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega: Former Freedom Fighter Becomes a Media Censor Female Journalists in Somalia Struggle for Respect. Global Media News is a weekly webcast covering media news from around the world. GMN is a production of Media Studies students from the SUNY College @ Old Westbury. We scour the web for news about about the world of media, journalism and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at Global Media News