Distress Signals – Dominic Belmonte and Bobby Gordon

Distress Signals is a documentary that revealed the differences in television broadcasting and show production across the globe. They primarily focused on Canadian television and African television. The movie revealed how much more difficult it is to produce shows because of the lower budgets that countries are granted as well as their desire to be different from typical American television series. The African television network especially, faced an extremely low budget and they needed to fill a certain amount of television hours so they attended a television conference in The United States where they purchased a large amount of hours worth of shows. The other countries also faced a low amount of advertising budget so it was harder for them to reach a larger audience because they relied on the spread of their show by the word of mouth. It is much easier today to create larger fan bases as well as grow a shows popularity because they can use social media outlets to spread their show to a large amount of viewers for a small budget. This spread of knowledge in the modern day online fan bases as well as social media outlets helps pave the way to success for growing film companies as well as established companies in the industry.

Key Terms:

Globalization: The global interaction and accessibility between different countries as a means to spread ones culture and ideas.

Cultural Imperialism: A larger country significantly imposing its influence upon lesser developing countries. For example, the movie used The United States influence on African television.

Global Media Flow: The spread or movement of different ideas to different countries and places around the globe to be added on to or improved by other individuals.

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