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Abstract - Our Foreign Selves: Mapping Transnational Media in a Real-Time World

I am almost finished with my grad thesis, so I thought I would post the abstract here for the world to read.

Coming into the age of globalised media coverage, major media events once limited to a specific country are now shared across the world. The semiotic and representational systems employed in the media coverage of these events shape our understanding of international relations, power structures, and public opinion. Royal weddings and political demonstrations have recently found a transnational audience, binding them together in a common cause or celebration. This project analyses the local appropriation of global media events, the media coverage that facilitates adoption, and the semiotic translations involved in the process.