Global Film Industries

Flattening Ontologies of Globalization: The Nollywood Case

Marston, S, Woodward, K, Paul Jones III, J 2007, ‘Flattening Ontologies of Globalization: The Nollywood Case’, Globalisations, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 45-66

The works of Marston, Woodward and Paul Jones establish their theories about globalisation and illustrate their position in the frame of the Nollywood cases. The journal article proposes to critically evaluate theories that have underwritten the notions of globalisation and prove this through examples such as the Nigerian film industry. This article accurately analyses the influence of global filmmaking and emphasises its connections with a globalised world. It is the first step in considering and understanding the multiple political implications of the ontologies that the article implies. What this article lacks is the deeper analysis into individual Nollywood films and the tropes and conventions that they convey and how it relates to globalisation. I believe that when researching the significance of global filmmaking, this article will be extremely helpful in presenting an argument that proves its significance in a globalised world.

Korea’s booming film industry and what it means for Australian cinema

Byrnes, P 2016, ‘Korea’s booming film industry and what it means for Australian cinema’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 August, <https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/koreas-booming-film-industry-and-what-it-means-for-australian-cinema-20160802-gqj3u7.html&gt;

The Sydney Morning Herald comments on the Korean film industry, in this news article, and what the implications will be for Australian cinema. Byrnes aim of this article is to educate the Australian public on the lessons that can be learned from Korean films. This article explores the reasons to which Korean movies are becoming so popular in not only Korea but in Australia and many other countries as well. It states in the article the tropes and conventions that make Korean cinema so appealing to a variety of people and it comes down to the fact that it is new, exciting and many people are still trying to figure out how to respond to the audacity and extremism that many of the films portray. The limitations of this article, however, could be the lack of visual material. As it is not an ‘academic source’ it can allow for more visuals to enhance the point that the author is trying to convey. This article by the Sydney Morning Herald explores some really interesting points about the Korean film industry and develops readers understanding of its significance and why many people are becoming invested in such films.

Internationalising Higher Education

Addressing the Mental Health Concerns of International Students

Mori, S 2000, ‘Addressing the Mental Health Concerns of International Students’, Journal of Counselling and Development, vol 78, pp, 137-144

Mori’s article, as stated in the title, addresses the many mental health concerns that international students face in their daily lives. This journal article aims to showcase the struggles that international students face when they enter a new country for their higher education. This article is effective in the ways that it demonstrates the strains on the lives of international students and the impacts the adjustments have on their daily lives. On the other hand, the research is focused towards International students that are based in America, which is known for the lack of support for immigrants and anyone travelling from other countries so the data they have collected may not reflect the overall feelings that international students have. I think that this article, in particular, is very helpful when researching and discussing internationalising higher education. It showcases the problems that higher education still has when considering education on a globalised scale.

International students are flocking to Australia, but the country’s infrastructure is not ready

Gothe-Snape, J 2018, ‘International students are flocking to Australia, but the country’s infrastructure is not ready’, ABC News, 27 April,<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-27/international-students-infrastructure-migration-housing/9693256&gt;

Gothe-Snape’s article describes the rate that international students are moving to Australia. ABC News aims to warn the public about how fast we have international students moving to Australia and the changes the public should be made to accommodate for the influx of people coming into the country. What I believe this article does really well is, suggest a variety of ways that Australia can modify its current infrastructure to satisfy the needs off international students and their learning. Another issue this article addresses is how international students are the biggest driver of migration, which increases globalisation. What could be improved within this article is a clearer focus on why international students are choosing Australia for their studies and then opting to stay years later once they finish their degree. This article demonstrates the popularity increase in travelling internationally for their higher education. This indicates that internationalised higher education is, in fact, becoming more important to students and their way of life.

Globalisation, Media Flows and Saturation Coverage

Governance in a Partially Globalized World

Keohane, R O. 2001, ‘Governance in a Partially Globalized World “Presidential Address”, “American Political Science Association, 2000″‘, The American Political Science Review, vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 1-13

This journal article addresses the concept of globalisation and it’s influence on the world that we live in. The article aims to educate its audience on the effects of globalisation, especially on American politics. It discusses the science behind a globalised world and analyses peoples beliefs and values and their effects since globalisation have become more prevalent in American society. Keohane’s writing fulfils the research aim and broadens the ideas of how necessary globalisation is in our society and how it influences parts of our society that many people may not expect, like politics. However, this article has limitations as it’s focus is on America and not the surrounding countries and continents that have allowed globalisation to happen within the country. The article challenges the reader to think about the repercussions of globalisation in our communities, and encourages that further research into more specific segments of the topic is needed.

The anthropology of global flows: A critical reading of Appadurai’s ‘Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy

McC Heyman, J, Campbell, H 2009, ‘The anthropology of global flows: A critical reading of Appadurai’s ‘Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy’, Anthropological Theory, vol 9, no 2, pp. 131-148

The article by McC Heyman and Cambell critically analyses the works of Appadurai and his transformative ideas about global flows. The article is based on the author’s ideas and feelings towards Addadurai’s work and aims to analyse it in a more contemporary mind frame. In the article, it considers, in further detail, global inequalities and boundaries and mission information regarding the global flow network, now that it has been further researched. This article is very useful in the fact that it revitalises the first notions of global flows and the tensions between cultural homogenization and heterogenization and discusses them in a more current context. However, on the other hand, many of the criticisms are just reiterations of the works of Appadurai and reaffirm his original ideas without much further evidence. The journal article is effective in the ways that it acknowledges previous ideas of the key concepts of globalisation and then goes further to explain those concepts in today’s society.