Cultural Imperialism Theory and Mass Communication Research: A Critical Review

Oketunmbi, E.O. (2013)

Staff publications


This paper explored the origin, basic postulations, and selected scholars’ comments on the cultural imperialism theory. Based on the five-item scale consisting of scope, testability, parsimony, utility, and heurism proposed by Julia Wood (1997: 55), this paper attempted a critical evaluation of the cultivation theory and concluded that it is a huge success in heurism, considering the intense and immense global debates it had generated and sustained for almost a century. The paper therefore recommended it as such to mass communication scholars and policy makers who are interested in the preservation of local cultures, with emphasis on the point that the subtle cultural modification potentials of foreign media contents is a living reality.