A major topic in my further research into the globalization of industry (mining in Papua New Guinea) will be the issues of Industry Concentration. Now operating at a significantly expedited rate, this concept, otherwise known as oligopoly, means that a few very powerful firms have cornered an area of the market to maintain maximum control. Media concentration is a more popular subgroup of this process, as people are beginning to look for new ways of seeking truth, when the variety of bias to learn from becomes fewer and fewer. It also pertains to the food industry, human rights, inequality, risk, and many more.
This concentration and control allows large corporations to expand their businesses into a more profit-producing machine, but which has led to practices which include removing skilled labor, and essentially slowly turning anything made into something of mass-production. This again, inherently lowers the amount of options which the consumer has, and essentially allows the leaders of these corporations to control the movement of the economy.
In Papua New Guinea, the mining industry has taken over a lot of nutritionally rich land, which has since resulted in issues with maintaining subsistence practices, human migration/population control, ecological costs and more. In this sense, the mining industry is essentially directed by a few major firms, which in turn completely alter certain areas’ livelihoods and economy. Within Anthropology and the social sciences, there has been a bit of a debate about the issue. Some took the stance that the corporations went to more-than-adequete measures to inform the indigenous people of the possible risks. Others believe that indigenous peoples were at a disadvantage to understand the deal they were getting into. Kirsch makes a strong argument that the whole situation is taken out of context, resulting in to real direct interaction with the problem.
Futurama, a TV show on cartoon network does an interesting humor-based take on the trust-like oligopolies which are growing as we speak. A character–MOM–slowly acquires all sorts of businesses, both conglomerate and mysteriously. The first half of this video does a good job illustrating how the media portrays this social problem.