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Debates about the cultural impacts of global media have ranged for 2 decades without resolution exercising media scholars, anthropologists, and sociologists. Most acknowledge the dominance of the U.S. in global entertainment, particularly film, but a key divide has been whether explanations should prioritize 'political economy' or 'cultural' factors. Scott Robert Olson's Hollywood Rlanet is a welcome attempt to examine what the contents of global media might contribute to that domination.
—Journal of Communication
A thought-provoking, rigorously handled discourse on the competitive advantage that Hollywood has in influencing the creation and distribution of popular taste on a global scale.
—Cornelius B. Pratt
Michigan State University
[Hollywood Planet] represents a long-overdue effort to provide a theoretical basis for pulling together a number of closely interrelated concerns relating to the role and impact of mass media, especially as far as international issues are concerned.
—Fred L. Casmir