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Friday, January 27, 2012

The Media and Political Change in Southeast Asia Karaoke Culture and the Evolution of Personality Politics

List of tables vi
Acknowledgements vii
1 Introduction: disruptive technologies – change, conflict and
breakdown 1
2 The growth of the media and entertainment industry: the
move to centre stage 27
3 The Southeast Asian context 55
4 Please do not adjust your set: international information flows,
the media and security in Malaysia 87
5 From propaganda to pop culture: the Philippines and the rise
of the Southeast Asia media stars 115
6 Perning in the gyre: Indonesia, the globalized media and the
‘war on terror’ 140
7 The rise and fall of the media dictator: Thailand and the
continued influence of the military in Southeast Asia 175
8 The Singapore grip: putting the squeeze on a globalized
media post 9/11 217
9 Managing perceptions – from shooting the messenger to
dodging the questions: the role of PR in Southeast Asia 242
10 Subverting the media: piracy, surveillance and the battle for
control in Southeast Asia 271
11 Conclusion 297
Index 351

Jonathan Woodier's latest work considers what impact the media has upon the democratization process in Southeast Asia. Has the media had a liberalizing effect or become subject to elite control in Southeast Asia and, if so, why? What role does the global media play in this process, particularly given its conglomerization and commoditization? By examining the communications media and its relationship to political change in Southeast Asia, this fascinating study will endeavour to provide both a regional comparative analysis and a more balanced interpretation of the mass communication media in the wake of 9/11.The book also investigates the durability of authoritarian regimes and the enduring capacity of the media-controlled state alongside the growing sophistication of political communications - particularly the use of PR consultants. The author provides an insider's view with unique insights into the practice of political communication and its development throughout the strategically imprtant region of Southeast Asia with its large Moslem states as well as much further afield to countries such as China and post-industrial Europe. As such the book will be warmly welcomed by academics of politics, international relations, media, communications and PR. It will also appeal to researchers interested in political change, the rise of the global media giants and the influence of authoritarian states such as China.

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