Media and Citizenship – Call for Papers for ANZCA 2011, Hamilton NZ, 6-8 July 2011

Written by Terry Flew on November 17, 2010

Details of the 2011 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) are now available online. The conference will be hosted by the Waikato Management School at the University of Waikato, and held in Hamilton, New Zealand from 6-8 July 2011.

I am convening the Media and Citizenship stream for the conference, and the call for papers for this stream is below.

Media and Citizenship

Stream convenor: Professor Terry Flew, Creative Industries Faculty, QUT

Citizenship has featured as a significant concept in recent work in

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Comparative Communication Research: Australian and New Zealand Communications Research in an International Context

Written by Terry Flew on July 1, 2010

This paper raises the question of whether comparative national models of communications research can be developed, along the lines of Hallin and Mancini’s (2004) analysis of comparative media policy, or the work of Perraton and Clift (2004) on comparative national capitalisms. Taking consideration of communications research in Australia and New Zealand as its starting point, the paper will consider what are relevant variables in shaping an “intellectual milieu” for communications research in these countries, as compared to those of Europe, North America and Asia. Some possibly relevant variables include:

• Type of media system (e.g. how significant is public service media?);
• Political culture (e.g. are there significant left-of-centre political parties?);
• Dominant intellectual traditions;
• Level and types of research funding;
• Overall structure of higher education system, and where communications sits within it.

In considering whether such an exercise can or should be undertaken, we can also evaluate, as Hallin and Mancini do, the significance of potentially homogenizing forces. These would include globalization, new media technologies, and the rise of a global “audit culture”. The paper will raise these issues as questions that emerge as we consider, as Curran and Park (2000) and Thussu (2009) have proposed, what a “de-Westernized” media and communications research paradigm may look like.

The Media Business: Seeing through the Haze Surrounding Websites, Blogs and Social Media

Written by Terry Flew on May 15, 2009

Media economist Robert Picard provides some notes of caution about easy assumptions that blogging and Twitter are the future of media.

Seeing through the Haze Surrounding Websites, Blogs and Social Media

Communicating regularly is hard work. It takes skill; it takes a voice; it takes having something to say; it takes time. Making money from it is even harder.

The functions provided by websites, blogs, and social media clearly make it possible for people to express themselves in ways never before imagined, to

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