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Global Austria

Günter Bischof
Fritz Plasser


Globalization and Austria: Past and Present

Andreas Exenberger

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Early in 2011, the intensity of global media connections was dramatically evident. At first, uprisings in the Arab world were widely recognized (even as “Facebook revolutions” and hence as only enabled by a certain aspect of globalization) and raised concerns in several parts of the world that people may become all too inspired by the events they watched on TV. Later, the disastrous events in Japan, followed by billions, also influenced public opinion in politically relevant ways. In these days of catastrophe, even weather forecasts from a place thousands of kilometers away become common in the evening news all around the world. Obviously related to globalization, news spreads, sometimes even in real time, and also to areas remote with respect to free press. While this is not a new phenomenon at all historically, the scope and also the speed of interconnectedness have indeed grown considerably. Communication became “mass,” and it became extremely cheap during the twentie...

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