The End of Geoblocking? or, Region-Free Media Literacy
The book’s conclusion begins by assessing “end of geoblocking” discourses, or talk in industry, activist, consumer, and regulatory circles hailing and promoting the death of regional lockout. The conclusion argues that such discourses treat geoblocking as a historical blip—the result of media industries trying to integrate digital technologies into existing distribution practices and intellectual property regimes rather than simply the newest manifestation of long-standing business models based on market segmentation. The conclusion, and the book, end by asserting that media can still encourage forms of cosmopolitanism marked by an appreciation of diversity, empathy with people from across borders and cultures, and shared global cultural citizenship. For researchers and educators, region-free media can foster such attitudes in spaces of media education and literacy.
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