What an exciting time this is that we can now turn on the news and hear stories from and about education in rural India, top hits on YouTube include Cantopop, and events in Hong Kong circulate through China and progress worldwide. New media capitals are emerging and media forms in India, Hong Kong and China are gaining a much wider influence. However arguably the most exciting new media capital would be social media. A form of media unclassified, ultimately unrestricted and so broad that no stone in the shape of a news story, is left unturned.
Michael Curtin defines media capitals as “places where things come together and, consequently, where the generation and circulation of new mass culture forms become possible” (Curtin, 2003). We can use the Arab Spring as an example of this, where generation and circulation of new mass culture resulted in a cross-border uprising. Cases of protest and uprising spread and resonated with not only people across the Arab world, but indeed people worldwide. These cases were reported upon and spread, through the use of social media – proving its capacity as a new media capital.
A “new mass media form” (Curtin 2003) became possible as a result of social media which has given the world a way to share enormous amounts of uncensored opinions, information, live footage and expositions of immorality or corruption. Social media users can connect across oceans. This phenomenon is a force to be reckoned with and should be classified as a new media capital in its own right.
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Curtin, M 2003, ‘Media capital: Towards the study of Spatial Flows’, International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol.6, no.2, pp.202-228.