Media Capitals

According to Curtin, Media Capitals can be defined as ‘sites of mediation..where complex forces and flows interact. They are neither bound or self contained entities… We should understand them… as meeting places where local specificity arises out of migration, interaction and exchange’ (Curtain, 2003). In other words, ‘Media capitals are places where things come together and, consequently, where the generation and circulation of new mass culture forms become possible

Through this analysis of this notion, it can be known that one of the prominent media capitals in the world is Hollywood. However, the cinematic industry within Hong Kong is increasingly growing.
Although Hollywood exports continue to dominate global entertainment markets, debates about transnational flows have moved beyond Hollywood into the deliberation of other global markets (Curtin, 2003). Hong Kong’s emergence as a media capital was a mostly a result of influences exerted by migration of cultural institutions and creative talent. Curtin comments on Hong Kong as being “very Chinese and remarkably Western, and yet its not really either”. An example of Hong Kong as an emerging Media Capital includes blockbuster films such as ‘The Karate Kid’ as well as the development of crime dramas and Cantopop (Hong Kong popular music)


– Curtin, M 2003, ‘Media Capital: Towards the Study of Spatial Flows’International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol.6, no.2, pp202-228

– Khorana, S 2014, ‘Lecture 6: Television and the Emergence of ‘New’ Media Capitals’, University of Wollongong, Australia



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