This chapter of The Media Student’s Book explores the complex concept of ‘globalisation’ and globalised media forms, offering materials and approaches with which to understand the history of the concept, the relationship of ‘global’ to ‘local’, as well as the ideological work of the term. Key theorists such as McLuhan (celebrating the world as a 'global village’) and Schiller (seeing ‘cultural imperialism’ as shaping the world) are debated and updated via summaries of contemporary debates. Among the many short case studies or examples used are ones on the history of US popular cinema, on Avatar, on images of China, and of different models of and prophecies about all our global futures.

The Case Study looks at Slumdog Millionaire (UK 2008) understood as a ‘global film’, and includes work on its background, production, distribution, and reception controversies.

A Case Study on Stars and celebrities in East Asian Media is also available on this website.

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Case Study

Extra links for Slumdog Millionaire case study

Three links from the itpworld blog (The Case for Global Film) and David Bordwell’s site:–-life-after-slumdog/

A Bollywood site carrying an interview with Irrfan Khan:

The films on which Danny Boyle draws (directly or indirectly:

A February 2010 musing about the possible after effect of Slumdog Millionaire on representations of Indian-Americans on US TV:

Interesting comment on the graphic design of the subtitles in Slumdog Millionaire:

Wikipedia collection of 'controversies' associated with the film.

From Racialicious, the very interesting discussion blog on ‘Race and Culture’: