The Media's Role in Regional and International Relations with Regards to Development, Transition, and Influence

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The Media's Role in Regional and International Relations with Regards to Development, Transition, and Influence
I study Journalism, so I felt that I had an opportunity to solidify the media's role in all facets of regional and international relations, with regards to development, transition, and influence (regional as well as global). I first chose examine Daniel Lerner's development continuum, and this as a reference point, to discuss the role mass media plays in global transition and development, in particular how it is suited to aide in the socio-political development as well as the transition from Communism in Eastern Central Europe. Second, I wanted to do a journalistic comparison; I examined
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Lerner's book addresses developmental change, while the issue in question is of systemic transition. The concepts apply without exception because they indicate money as a catalyst for all things good and evil. True power is the ability to influence, to implement change, and to shape popular opinion. Can the media be controlled by the almighty dollar? Can those with an agenda control it with intimidation? The question that comes to mind for me is this, I wonder if our media is really any better off than those (formerly) under government control in Central Europe, which would be more harmful, a government agenda or capitalistic programming, or for that matter one controlling the other. It is clear that in the case of Communism the lack of financial ware-with-all caused it's demise, but could it also be the case that underground media succeeded in changing public opinion and if so might they be better off (than the U.S.) with regards to media freedom today. These are questions that will be answered in the next "global" generation, as history is written, answers to these questions will be evident.
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