Australian Politics in a Digital Age by Peter John Chen

By Peter John Chen

Info and communications applied sciences are more and more vital within the Australian political panorama. From the adoption of recent different types of electoral campaigning to using networking expertise to organise social hobbies, media know-how has the capability to seriously change the way in which politics is performed and skilled during this nation. the 1st accomplished quantity at the impression of electronic media on Australian politics, this ebook examines the way in which those applied sciences form political communique, adjust key private and non-private associations, and function the recent area during which discursive and expressive political lifestyles is played. using various theoretical views, empirical facts, and case examples, the e-book presents insights on political behaviour of Australia’s elites, in addition to the more and more very important politics of mirco-activism and social media. vigorous and fast paced, the ebook attracts jointly quite a lot of Australian and overseas scholarship at the interface among communications expertise and politics. Crossing numerous genres, the booklet will discover a broad viewers among students of either politics and communique, between public family members pros, and with individuals of the media themselves.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Au/~vik/realjeff/message/ These lessons shaped party engagement with digital media in a number of ways. First, an emphasis on control developed: digital media was a risky proposition that parties did not understand well and should be treated with caution. Unsurprisingly this led to a tendency for established Australian parties to limit their exposure to the web, particularly interactive content. Second, where innovation did emerge, this focused on negative campaigning that could not be hijacked.

2004: 301) Ingolfur Blühdorn (2007: 257) sees the notion of ‘authentic politics’ as an attempt to recapture, perhaps nostalgically, a modernist politics based on the ontological notion of an absolute and fixed reality: a politics where people mean what they say and say what they mean. This is significant in that Australia faces, if not a crisis of political trust, a tendency for it to be in consistently short supply. This is illustrated in Figure 2. Drawn from election studies undertaken by The Australian National University, we can see that, while Australians’ have an increasing level of satisfaction with our democratic system of political 2 Walter Benjamin (1936) would argue that this leads to a more ready and easy criticism of political elites: ‘The audience’s identification with the actor is really an identification with the camera’.

Darrell West and John Orman see the rise of televisual culture as encouraging the expansion of everyday celebrity and the blending of different, once-distinct realms of social and professional life (2003: 14). g. g. g. g. Pauline Hanson). In political terms, the rise of celebrity culture can serve to provide individuals with the valuable assets of personal constituencies and ready access to mainstream media. Another reason behind an expanded electoral role for candidates is structural. 14 While the Australian party system has traditionally encouraged loyalty to the system that promoted the individual into office (branch, faction or party), the introduction of primaries weakens this system of patronage (the extent remains unclear at this time).

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