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USG.4.8 Use a variety of sources, including newspapers, magazines, and the internet to identify significant world political, demographic, and environmental developments. Analyze ways that these developments may affect United States foreign policy in specific regions of the world.
for the 2014 Social Progress Index. This report measures basic human needs, wellbeing, and opportunity in each country.
The technological revolution has had a profound impact on world, political, demographic and environmental developments.
To explore the internet and the rise of new media, please check out this article called the
(named after the 1994 Mexican uprising)
To receive an academic viewpoint of this subject, please check this thesis by Major Simone Hulme called
The Modern Media: The Impact on Foreign Policy
Types of Sources
§ Newspapers- one of the oldest forms to transmit information (typically daily), the newspapers still stands as a hallmark of authority and definitive news
Front Page of the New York Times
coverage. While circulation has diminished in the last decade, many newspapers have turned to the internet as an alternative means to gain readership. In turn, newspapers which were once regional can now have a global impact.
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Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
The Daily Star
The Financial Times
Many citizens are concerned with the decline of newspapers fearing the end of hard-line journalism. To read these concerns in greater detail, please check out this link to
feature article called
The Life and Death of the Great American Newspaper.”
§ Magazines – also a hallmark of the old forms of media. Magazines have also faced a decline in the previous decade due to the rise of the internet. Magazines can focus on a number of subject matter either wide-reaching like
or for a selective audience like
(arguably the most respected news publication in the world)
§ Internet – transform the flow of information to foster greater globalization. With the expansion and greater accessibility of the internet, the world has been transformed in a number of ways. Whether through social networking sites (Facebook) to blogs (Drudge Report-right-leaning or Daily Kosh-left-leaning) to twitter (short comments and status updates), the flow of information is greater than ever before. In addition, there is greater accessibility to video technology, webcasting, and posting pictures.
Examples of the Effect of New Media Sources
Motto used by Twitter Revolution Participants
Yet this new technology can also serve as forums for extremist groups and showcased great brutality
The web-posting of the execution of
Wall Street Journal
journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. In order to remain some semblance of good taste, there will be no link to post this clip. The video coverage is just too inhuman
Countries which fight the new age of technology, but highly regulate freedom of speech and expression. A perfect example of this principle would be the People’s Republic of China.
In another example, the leaking of the Abu-Ghraib pictures occurred due the to advancements in technology. To check out the horrors of this scandal, click
The expansion of technology has also served great good to voice the principles of freedom against repression. In 2009, a number of Iranians protested the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and relied heavily on social networking sites like twitter to communicate.
Check out this click from CNN discussing the “
Reading this article outlining the Iranian protests
The Quick and Dirty Conclusion
The expansion of technology will definitely have a profound effect on American foreign policy in the coming years. Unlike a previous era where the United States would hide their misgivings (assassination of Arbenz in 1954 in Guatemala, complicity in the death of South Vietnam President Diem in 1963, the Iran-Contras Scandal, etc.), the new age makes it increasingly difficult to keep large government secrets. Information is leaked quicker than ever before and can be easily found on various internet sites.
Yet there is also a great effect on foreign power. Nations which try to limit the freedoms of the citizens will find it increasingly difficult to squash free speech and expression. While there are always underground dissent movements, the advancement in technology makes networking more accessible.
In the end, the advancements in technology and media mean the United States and other nations are entering a brave new world where information will engage, multiply and divide citizens.
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