Effects of Hollywood and Mtv on the World

Effects of Hollywood and MTV on the World

The western world, specifically the United States, has had a powerfully influential effect on the world’s population.   Most will agree with this broad statement, but Barber holds that much of this influence stems from American entities such as MTV and Hollywood’s movie industry.   I believe this age will come to be known as the “information age,” but Barber proposes this will instead be regarded as the “Movie Century.”   A movie century in which “film and video and the images they mediate have replaced print and books and the word they once brokered as the chief instrumentalities of human communication, persuasion, and entertainment.”   This movie century is led by American filmmakers, who have American ideals and thoughts which are converted into films that countries around the world see.   This effect is seen on countries with movie industries that are only a fraction of   Americas,’ and these countries put out low-budget imitations or blockbuster replications of   American movies.   In fact, “the audiovisual industry is the second largest export sector” in the nation’s economy.   What Barber is most concerned about is that the United State’s control of what the world watches creates concerning sociological consequences.   The most alarming is the disappearance of individual cultures and nationalism across the globe, which will supplanted by western culture.  
Television has actually outpaced films in regards to its persuasiveness.   This is so for obvious reasons such as its immediacy, its availability and its countless programing choices.   Barber sees this as “Hollywood’s creative monopoly over material has increased,’ and that ‘Americanization of global television is proceeding even faster than the globalization of American films.” More and more are countries now able to watch television programing like it is a private peep-hole into the western world.   A great example is in England, where everyone knows that...