Media and globalization: new ways of intercultural approach

// Posted by on 04/05/2013 (12:16 AM)

Estefanía Priego Martínez  806273



Media and globalization: new ways of intercultural approach


In the last decade a series of unprecedented technological innovations within the field of communication have been taking place. Tools like twitter, facebook and YouTube allow us to know what is happening across the world in seconds. Thanks to the Internet and these platforms mass gatherings are possible. A clear example is Occupy Wall Street in New York and the Movement #yosoy132 worldwide. The media showed pictures and videos of Mexicans in France, Germany, Italy, and other European countries that supported this movement hard. Young South Americans joined the cause showing their support through social networks and the movement became a global phenomenon.


There are great advantages in using these new media breaking frontiers of language and nationality. However, it is important to discern what is a new and what an opinion is. I am a student of journalism and media and one of the main responsibilities is to maintain social ethics. Social networks are mostly full of comments, opinions, manipulated information that is not based on solid arguments that leads to create stereotyping, fear-mongering, among other confounding factors.


Influence of American culture on Mexican culture


Developing countries are strong influenced by first world countries, such as the U.S. with his neighbor Mexico.

This influence can be noticed in different areas, in entertainment activities as an example:

  • Sports: in Mexico NFL games are religiously followed, young men bear their Yankees cap at school, parties, and department stores. Athletes such as LeBron James or Tom Brady are the heroes of kids in many Mexican cities, from north to south.
  • Music: Musical phenomena as Lady Gaga sold out in a few days during their tours in Mexican cities. Rappers such as Lil Wayne, Eminem, Jay-Z, are heard in most of the northern regions of the country and even imitated by many young people in their dressing.
  • Cinema:  Movies streamed in Mexican cinemas are almost entirely from Hollywood. Everybody watches the Oscar’s awards and Mexican fashion magazines base their trends on northamerican famous stars.
  • Traveling: New York, Los Angeles or Miami are strongly desired destinations in the Mexican upper class. Monterrey citizens take advantage of the proximity with Texas in order to go shopping to San Antonio, McAllen or El Paso.
  • Reading: Mexican intellectuals read The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, Foreign Affairs, The Huffington Post, among other prestigious worldwide media from the U.S.



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Patrick said...

Looking at this post from an American standpoint I can see how Mexico is heavily influenced by America. However I think it is important to point out that much of America is also deeply influenced by not only Mexico but Mexican culture. Although America may have heavy influences in other countries it is important to remember that America is considered a melting pot of different nationalities, religions, ethnicities , and other factors. So while you may consider America as a global influence I think it is also important to view it from the other way around as well. This website gives some interesting facts about Mexican influence and presence in America.

// 04/08/2013 at 5:22 pm

Tec de Monterrey said...

Thank you very much for the page. Another interesting fact is the amount of Mexicans living in Los Angeles. Actually, it is the second or third city after Distrito Federal with most Mexicans on the world and whose mayor is the son of Mexicans.
It is true that in the United States there is great cultural diversity and one aspect I find interesting is that the country keeps an ideology that goes beyond culture. The ideal and the idea that it is possible to achieve this ideal is the American way of life. This lifestyle appeals millions around the world and takes them close to the American culture. Another aspect to consider is the Manifest Destiny as it maintains an unwavering faith in American society. I think both are pillars that create cohesion and inspire people around the world to adopt the U.S. ideology and have multiple sustention, perhaps the most noteworthy is freedom, and probably the most used word in political speeches, followed by word democracy.
As you mention, in the U.S. the coexistence of nationalities, ethnicities and religions is vast. I have had the opportunity to visit big cities like New York and admire for example the huge food options from different regions, such as Arabic, Italian, Mexican and East in general. The existence of Chinatown and Little Italy are other examples of this rescue of traditions and customs. However, in border areas like El Paso, Texas is very common to see that people of Hispanic or Latino descent will not even speak Spanish, they have no interest in investigating or following the traditions of their home country and have a strong attachment to American customs. Some people even despise their origins and feel completely Americans.

// 04/09/2013 at 8:05 pm