The Media and Political Change in Southeast Asia

The Media and Political Change in Southeast Asia

Karaoke Culture and the Evolution of Personality Politics

Jonathan Woodier

Jonathan Woodier’s latest work considers what impact the media has upon the democratization process in Southeast Asia. Has the media had a liberalizing effect or become subject to elite control in Southeast Asia and, if so, why? What role does the global media play in this process, particularly given its conglomerization and commoditization? By examining the communications media and its relationship to political change in Southeast Asia, this fascinating study will endeavour to provide both a regional comparative analysis and a more balanced interpretation of the mass communication media in the wake of September 11, 2001. The book also investigates the durability of authoritarian regimes and the enduring capacity of the media-controlled state alongside the growing sophistication of political communications – particularly the use of PR consultants.

Chapter 2: The Growth of the Media and Entertainment Industry: The Move to Centre Stage

Jonathan Woodier

Subjects: politics and public policy, international relations

Extract

However one perceives its effects, there is no ignoring the mass communications media in the modern world. Worldwide, technological innovations have given a huge boost to the media and entertainment industry. In 2006, analysts suggested that the global entertainment and media industry had entered a solid growth phase and was set to increase at a 6.6 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to $1.8 trillion in 2010, with new revenue streams growing rapidly, the growth of physical formats slowing, while the availability of licensed digital distribution looks likely to provide consumers with alternatives to piracy (PriceWaterhouseCoopers 2006). Digital technologies, chiefly broadband Internet and mobile, are becoming established as increasingly lucrative distribution channels, changing the way consumers acquire entertainment and media content. Global spending via online and wireless channels reached $19 billion in 2005, and was predicted to increase to $67 billion by 2010. Across the board, the entertainment and media industry has been shifting from the physical distribution to the digital distribution of content. As this shift continued, it created both more growth and more revenue opportunities. Asia Pacific was set to remain the fastest-growing region for the industry, reflecting both the underlying economic growth and local developments and initiatives. The growth was led by double-digit increases in Internet, TV distribution, casino and other regulated gaming and video games. As part of these developments, the People’s Republic of China was predicted to pass Japan by 2009, and to become the largest market in Asia Paci...

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