Still thinking aloud about what a geopolitical anthropology of media may look like, most recently in discussion with a colleague via email. To recap an earlier blog post on this subject, I’m starting to think about the relationship between geopolitics and media. One idea would be to look at how the major powers (EU, US, China, etc.) compete and cooperate, if at all, over emerging media technologies, infrastructures, etc, especially in the global South.
I’m interested in the nexus between geography, power and media. For instance, I understand China’s recent economic forays into Africa and South America have the European and American governments worried. What are the media dimensions (investments, PR, industrial secrecy…) of these power games, say in Africa or Latin America? Quite a lot has been written about the strategic importance of oil and gas pipelines, water resources, transport networks, etc, but I get the impression that we know much less about the geopolitics of broadcast media or internet and mobile networks.