ERIC Number: ED300302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May-14
Reference Count: 0
Culture and Commerce: The Reinvention of Competition.
This paper presented by the Quebec (Canada) Minister of Communications contends that until the 1900s the cultural essence of a particular western country was found in its folk-tales, folk-songs, and the daily activities of ordinary people. The growth of the electronic and mass media has industrialized popular culture, and large-scale passive consumption of the electronic media has displaced community-based religious ceremonies, amateur performances, and music halls as the heart of common cultural experiences. Technological advances have steadily improved the quality and accessibility of movies, music, and other cultural industries over the years and have promoted English as a universal language. While people in other cultures prefer domestically-produced programs, U.S. industries are able to export films and television series at costs lower than other countries can produce domestic products. Consequently, U.S. culture is being forced on other cultures. The secularism and materialism of North American culture, however powerfully reinforced by mass media, are emphatically not the foundations of an emerging global culture by which other societies should be measured. (JHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Quebec Dept. of Communications, Quebec.
Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the American Forum on Education and International Competence (St. Louis, MO, May 14, 1988).