Media content around the world is portraying a clear rise in cosmopolitan politics and news. I believe this is because the media and the current state of the globe is subject to the process of cosmopolitanisation.
Cosmopolitanisation is concerned with the sociology of cosmopolitan thought and refers to the process by which cosmopolitanism is achieved.
As the media becomes increasingly global, so too does it’s news and political sphere. As the media presents its visual content, it is impossible not to cause cosmopolitan feelings to arise as we are subjected to other cultures, ways of living and beliefs.
The media is increasingly using cosmopolitan frames in the way that it presents the news of the day and this is seen through the coverage of the Asian Tsunami.
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami caught the attention of media outlets and individuals all around the globe. The saturation of global coverage of the incident resulted in an outpouring of support and unprecedented solidarity in the form of financial, physical and emotional support.
As news sites provided 24 hour coverage of both the incident and the fall out, the visual of that the television provided people with the capacity to stimulate cohesion. As we followed the constant media stream of information there is strong argument that this created a strong sense of a global public. This is furthered as the media content surrounding the Tsunami was focused on the individual or ‘ordinary person’.
In a way, this engagement from the unaffected people creates a sense of moral universalism which is the foundation of cosmopolitan thought.
Whilst it is perhaps impossible to empathise with every person, everywhere, the individual willingness to engage with the people affected by the Asian Tsunami is a prime example of the process of cosmopolitanisation that our global community is undergoing and stands to be an example of cosmopolitan media.
This way of thought reflects the work done by sociologist Ulrich Beck which refers to cosmopolitanisation being a natural response to a “globalised world order” however, there is also strong argument to the contrary by Robert J Holton.
Holton asserts that an increase in globalisation does not necessary lead to an openness of political views or otherwise, cosmopolitan politics, as in some cases, globalisation results in the rise of right wing nationalism.
This is a valid point as not only can it lead to right wing nationalism but also the media does not equally represent every economic, political or social crisis that occurs globally.
For example, Australians are much more likely to care about a happening in Asia as opposed to in the Middle East and this provides a strong argument against the argument that the media and politics are becoming increasingly cosmopolitan.
Whilst I believe this is gradually occurring, I do not think the political sphere or media institution is cosmopolitan as yet.
Balch, A 2015′ Hard evidence: how has press coverage of immigration changed?’ The Conversation, January 21, viewed 30 October, <https://theconversation.com/hard-evidence-how-has-press-coverage-of-immigration-changed-36151>
Theory in 3 Minutes 2016, Cosmopolitanism in 3 minutes, online video, January 22, viewed 30 October <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyXmRxP05bM>