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A Contracorriente     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ab Imperio     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Acciones e Investigaciones Sociales     Open Access  
Acta Borealia: A Nordic Journal of Circumpolar Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Acta Politica Estica     Open Access  
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, European and Regional Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Administory. Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsgeschichte     Open Access  
Administrative Science Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 166)
Affirmations : of the modern     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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Africa Renewal     Free   (Followers: 6)
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African Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 64)
African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
African Diaspora     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
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African Journal of Democracy and Governance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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African Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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Africa’s Public Service Delivery and Performance Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Agrarian South : Journal of Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Alternatives : Global, Local, Political     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
América Latina Hoy     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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AQ - Australian Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription  
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Arctic Review on Law and Politics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
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Brookings Papers on Economic Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 46)
Bulletin d'histoire politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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Cambio 16     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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China-EU Law Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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Civil Wars     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union     Open Access  
Class, Race and Corporate Power     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cold War History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
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Communist and Post-Communist Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
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Confines     Open Access  
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Conflict, Security & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 385)
Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Constellations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Contemporary Italian Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Contemporary Japan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Political Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Contemporary Review of the Middle East     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Security Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
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Contemporary Wales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Contenciosa     Open Access  
Contexto Internacional     Open Access  
Cooperation and Conflict     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
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Criterio Jurídico     Open Access  
Criterios     Open Access  
Critical Asian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Critical Review : A Journal of Politics and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Critical Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultura de Paz     Open Access  
Cultural Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Debater a Europa     Open Access  
Décalages : An Althusser Studies Journal     Open Access  
Decolonization : Indigeneity, Education & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Defence Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Defense & Security Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Democracy & Education     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Democratic Communiqué     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Democratization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
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Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
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Der Staat     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Desafíos     Open Access  
Development and Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 51)
Digest of Middle East Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Diplomacy & Statecraft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
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Diritto, immigrazione e cittadinanza     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Dissent     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Diversité urbaine     Full-text available via subscription  
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
East European Jewish Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
East European Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
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eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
El Cotidiano     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34)
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Encuentro     Open Access  
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Estudos Avançados     Open Access  
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
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  • Volume 49 Issue 2 - Vale Dr Peter Williams 14 November 1953-14 November

    • Abstract: Dutton, Michael
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 2 - Technology, politics and identity

    • Abstract: Hudson, Chris
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 2 - Post-Yugoslav cinema: Towards a cosmopolitan imagining
           [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Halilovich, Hariz
      Review(s) of: Post-Yugoslav cinema: Towards a cosmopolitan imagining, by Dino Murtic (2015), Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 2 - The July 20 plot: Reading news as myth in the
           imagining of the British nation

    • Abstract: Florence, Eloise
      This paper analyses foreign news articles that appeared in three London newspapers during the Second World War, covering 'The July 20 Plot', an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in 1944.

      The analysis is supported by reading the news articles as an 'other world' myth, through which characteristics of their own nation, imagined by Britons, was observed as existing in opposition to that of the Germany portrayed. International news is thus solidified as a source of historical enquiry, as well as a site of discourse that can be examined as the expression of mythological knowledge that typifies an imagined national community.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 2 - To censor or not to censor: Roots, current trends and
           the long-term consequences of the Chinese communist party's fear of the

    • Abstract: Navarria, Giovanni
      This article explores the reasons behind the Chinese Communist Party's fear of digital media and outlines its effects on the Party's approach to the internet. By closely examining the heavily-contested field of digital networked media, we see that the control of the internet in China is not only based on censorship but that the Party has been experimenting for some time with a variety of unusual quasi-democratic strategies, each of them designed to go beyond the need for censorship; each of them a new Party strategy to learn from its critics and win public consent for its rule.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 2 - Understanding the Indonesian mediapolis: The role of
           social media during the 2014 Indonesian presidential election

    • Abstract: Holmes, David
      This article examines the role of social media during the 2014 Indonesian presidential election. It analyses how candidates used Facebook and Twitter and how celebrities were enlisted to promote candidates to their fans. The coinciding development of rapid internet literacy, together with the introduction of a direct election system that appeals to identity- and celebrity-driven politics, came together to make social media a central part of Indonesian elections. This confluence has radically altered the conduct of campaigns. In order to explain this transformation, it is necessary to understand the nature of the Indonesian mediated public sphere, characterised by strong inter-media connections between social media and broadcast forms.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 2 - A straight gay wedding': News images of same-sex
           marriage in the mainstream and alternative New Zealand press

    • Abstract: Kenix, Linda-Jean
      New Zealand was the first country in Oceania and the fifteenth in the world to allow same-sex marriage. This research explores whether the visual re-presentations of same-sex marriage in newspaper coverage surrounding the Parliamentary vote coalesced to form a heteronormative or homonormative 'image' of gay marriage through an examination of 654 articles about gay marriage in the mainstream, New Zealand Herald, and the alternative publication, GayNZ. This research asks whether there was a difference in that re-presentation across 'alternative' and 'mainstream'news media outlets given that visual codes of reference have been suggested to shift within an alternative communicative space.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 2 - Caught in the web: Male Goths using online ICTs to
           transcend rural reality

    • Abstract: Ragusa, Angela T; Ward, Olivia
      This empirical qualitative study explores male Goths' lived experiences in rural Australia. Offline, participants felt rural communities' 'conservatism' and hegemonic masculinity norms restricted their Goth identity expression and subcultural participation. Further, their commonly perceived homosexuality, irrespective of self-identified sexuality, was believed responsible for much assault, ostracism, and 'othering' experienced in rural, but not urban, environments. To escape rural realities and engage in 'authentic' identity expression, participants vociferously interacted in online communities which, more than augmenting offline reality, created opportunities systemically impossible due to rurality and permitted subcultural participation and self-identity expression they believed reduced isolation and positively affected their mental health.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 2 - The Australian greens: From activism to Australia's
           third party [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Robinson, Geoff
      Review(s) of: The Australian greens: From activism to Australia's third party, by Stewart Jackson (2016), Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 1 - New visions and vintage values: Shifting discourses of
           Australian national identity in 21st century prime ministerial rhetoric

    • Abstract: Gizzi-Stewart, Brooke
      This article examines the relationship between prime ministerial rhetoric and the framing of national identity in contemporary election campaign speeches. Through a hybrid quantitative and qualitative textual analysis, it finds the dominant narrative of Australian national identity in the 2001 prime minister's campaign launch speech was defined by themes of endurance and stoicism. In 2007, and then in 2013, the narrative conveyed a more optimistic image of the nation, despite increasing global complexities. As such, the analysis reveals distinctive elements in the three speech acts which account for shifting ways of speaking of the nation and invoking nationhood in 21st century.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 1 - Analysing everyday online political talk in China:
           Theoretical and methodological reflections

    • Abstract: Wright, Scott; Graham, Todd; Sun, Yu; Wang, Wilfred Yang; Luo, Xiantian; Carson, Andrea
      This article explores the theoretical and methodological challenges of collecting and analysing everyday online political talk in China, and outlines our approach to defining and coding such talk. In so doing, the article is designed to encourage further research in this area, taking forward a new agenda for online deliberation (Wright, 2012a), and supporting this important area of research.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 1 - The making of a captain: The production and projection
           of a political image on the Tony Abbott Facebook page

    • Abstract: Hurcombe, Edward
      Literature on politicians' use of social media tends to concentrate on election campaigns rather than on their everyday use. In examining the construction of 'Facebook Tony Abbott' (an Australian conservative federal politician and ex-Prime Minister), this paper examines how his image uploads, with five main themes: military, heterosexual family, statesmanship, athleticism and activeness, assembled a broader political persona. These images serve to promote such mythic campaign image categories as the Ideal Leader and Popular Candidate, revealing the page's permanent political campaign focus. Thus any insight the page could provide into the everyday political life of Tony Abbott was severely limited.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 1 - Narratives of cultural and professional redundancy:
           Ageing action stardom and the 'geri-action' film

    • Abstract: Donnar, Glen
      Focusing on The Expendables films, I identify the importance of discourses of professional and cultural redundancy in 'geri-action', an emergent subgenre of Hollywood action film that has revitalised the careers of ageing action stars such as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. These redundancies, which hold long-standing significance in 1980s action film, are compounded in geri-action by advanced age and diminished physical capacity. In geri-action, the spectacle of once idealised, muscled bodies is concealed and displaced onto oversized guns, fetishised vehicles and younger action bodies. However much geri-action resists 1980s action stars' use-by dates, it ultimately admits physical and generic exhaustion.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 1 - The struggle for meaning: Geriatric budgie smuggling
           and the politics of the everyday

    • Abstract: Hudson, Chris
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 1 - From Jesus to the internet: A history of Christianity
           and media [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Walter, Tony
      Review(s) of: From Jesus to the internet: A history of Christianity and media, by Peter Horsfield (2015), Chichester, Wiley Blackwell, Paperback. ISBN: 9781118447383.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 1 - Generation less: How Australia is cheating the young
           [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Frost, James
      Review(s) of: Generation less: How Australia is cheating the young, by Jennifer Rayner (2016), Black Inc, Carlton, Australia, Paperback, ISBN 9781863958127.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 49 Issue 1 - Defaced election posters: Between culture jamming and
           moral outrage. A case study

    • Abstract: Philipps, Axel; Scholzel, Hagen; Richter, Ralph
      Election campaigners draw upon posters to represent political parties and candidates in the streets. To date, scholars have largely focused on the strategies of campaigners. This paper initially explores the ways and means of defacement by studying modified election posters in the city of Leipzig in the weeks preceding the 2013 German federal election. The results show that a large number of observed modifications are simple and obvious, while only some defacements show subtle forms of political communication. It is argued, therefore, that defacements as alternative means of political communication are of limited significance in a rather pluralistic society.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 47 Issue 3 - Mediating the body: Technology, politics and
           epistemologies of self

    • Abstract: Jethani, Suneel
      This paper critically examines the use of digital technologies to track physiological processes (heart rate, physical activity, sleep), daily routines and behaviours (hydration, food and alcohol consumption) as a means of generating personal agency and self-betterment. Looking at problems associated with the 'newness' of self tracking technologies and the knowledge that they garner (e.g. the quantified self), this paper engages specifically with questions of locating the politics of self-tracking. I consider issues such as defining a distinct object of research out of the devices, documentation, and practices present in the diverse and conflicting assemblages of self- tracking; the rapid prototyping, diffusion, appropriation and senescence of self-tracking technology; and the automation of external power and control in contemporary self-tracking. I propose that an analytical category that I term 'latency' offers a heuristic that addresses methodological and theoretical gaps associated with the study of self-tracking in a way that foregrounds the body relative to its own mediation. Further, I discuss the above concerns through the figure I term the 'code/body' - a body appearing via sensors that redefine the body through acts of quantification and technical mediation.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 47 Issue 3 - The impact of social TV and audience participation on
           national cultural policy: Co-creating television comedy with #7DaysLater

    • Abstract: Hutchinson, Jonathon
      The democratising promise of increased audience participation (Benkler 2006; Bruns 2008; Jenkins 2006) has in recent times come under scrutiny as scholars suggest the facilitators of collaborative online spaces may reject the political shift of convergence culture (Hay et al. 2011). The apparent (non) shift in power is particularly interesting in the context of public service media (PSM), which fills the role of a cultural infrastructure media organisation and incorporates the voice of its citizens as crucial to its national and cultural building capacities. Under the guise of audience participation, this paper demonstrates how social TV has considerably larger implications beyond back channel communication and co-creation: it is demonstrative of how media acquires its meaning through public discourse. By examining the impact of social TV, that is audience members participating in content through commenting and co-creation, it is also indicative of how public service media policy can be seen as what Brevini (2013) terms PSB 2.0. This paper illustrates how social TV and audience participation has been positioned within the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), how it challenges existing governmental practices and nation boundary construction, and strengthens its public service remit by providing voice to those who may otherwise be marginalised.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 47 Issue 3 - Netflix closed captions offer an accessible model for
           the streaming video industry, but what about audio description'

    • Abstract: Ellis, Katie
      With user preference driving the digital innovations of televisions, the opportunities for viewers with disability to access television via broadband and digital platforms are profound. Viewers with disability have the potential to experience flexibility in the form of accessibility features such as audio descriptions, captions, lip-reading avatars, signing avatars, spoken subtitles and clean audio. This is especially true as digital television and broadband services converge to deliver television services online through sites such as Netflix. Similarly, with television communication becoming increasingly social, people with disability are mobilizing online to advocate for better television accessibility. While some opportunities for accessibility are not being realised, others are arising through the recognition of people with disability as a niche audience.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 47 Issue 3 - Editorial

    • Abstract: Bossio, Diana
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 47 Issue 3 - Framing the NBN: An analysis of newspaper

    • Abstract: Wilken, Rowan; Kennedy, Jenny; Arnold, Michael; Gibbs, Martin; Nansen, Bjorn
      The National Broadband Network (NBN), Australia's largest public infrastructure project, was initiated to deliver universal access to high-speed broadband. Since its announcement, the NBN has attracted a great deal of media coverage, coupled with at times divisive political debate around delivery models, costs and technologies. In this article we report on the results of a pilot study of print media coverage of the NBN. Quantitative and qualitative content analysis techniques were used to examine how the NBN was represented in The Age and The Australian newspapers during the period from 1 July 2008 to 1 July 2013. Our findings show that coverage was overwhelmingly negative and largely focused on the following: potential impacts on Telstra; lack of a business plan, and of cost-benefit analysis; problems with the rollout; cost to the federal budget; and implications for business stakeholders. In addition, there were comparatively few articles on potential societal benefits, applications and uses, and, socio-economic implications.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 47 Issue 3 - Social media conflict: Platforms for racial
           vilification, or acts of provocation and citizenship'

    • Abstract: Johns, Amelia; McCosker, Anthony
      Although racism remains an issue for social media sites such as YouTube, this focus often overshadows the site's productive capacity to generate 'agonistic publics' from which expressions of cultural citizenship and solidarity might emerge. This paper examines these issues through two case studies: the recent proliferation of mobile phone video recordings of racist rants on public transport, and racist interactions surrounding the performance of a Maori 'flash mob' haka in New Zealand that was recorded and uploaded to YouTube. We contrast these incidents as they are played out primarily through social media, with the case of Australian Football League player Adam Goodes and the broadcast media reaction to a racial slur aimed against him by a crowd member during the AFL's Indigenous Round. We discuss the prevalence of vitriolic exchange and racial bigotry, but also, and more importantly, the productive and equally aggressive defence of more inclusive and tolerant forms of cultural identification that play out across these different media forms. Drawing on theories of cultural citizenship along with the political theory of Chantal Mouffe, we point to the capacities of YouTube as 'platform', and to social media practices, in facilitating ground-up anti-racism and generating dynamic, contested and confronting micropublics.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 48 Issue 1 - 'Is it justice, or just us'' Sourcing practices in

    • Abstract: Forde, Susan; Anderson, Heather
      In 1993 in Brisbane, Australia, an 18-year-old Aboriginal man was arrested by police for disorderly conduct in an inner-city suburb. In the 21 minutes it took for the police to take the young offender to the local watch-house, he had died in the back of the police van. The untimely death of Daniel Yock became a trigger for the re-invigoration of the Aboriginal 'deaths in custody' movement, a political cause which had previously received significant public attention through mainstream and alternative news media coverage during a Royal Commission into the issue in the late-1980s. Since the Royal Commission finished its investigations in 1989, a further 51 Aboriginal people had died in police custudy - Yock was the 52nd in 1993. Altercations between local Indigenous groups and police followed Yock's death, political rallies were called and government reports produced. Rallying cries from the Aboriginal community at thousands-strong protests asked - 'Is it justice, or just us'' This paper examines the sources used in the news media coverage of the death of Daniel Yock to consider which voices are most prominent in the representation/s of the event itself, and the broader social movement surrounding deaths in custody in the early 1990s. This study extends the treatment of the source to consider the approaches of Indigenous and other alternative newspaper outlets alongside mainstream metropolitan and rural newspapers. This is significant because news sources are an under-used element in media analysis (Simpson 2012) and there has been particularly limited study of the ways alternative, community and/or Indigenous news media use sources to distinguish their practice. An unexpected component of this study has highlighted important nuances in our understanding of 'community', 'local' and alternative media which deserve further attention from media researchers.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 1 - Young citizens and political participation in a
           digital society: Addressing the democratic disconnect [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Nguyen, Dang
      Review(s) of: Young citizens and political participation in a digital society: Addressing the democratic disconnect, by Collin, P. (2015), Palgrave Macmillan.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 1 - Personalising politics in a global crisis: The media
           communication techniques of John Curtin and Franklin D. Roosevelt in the
           Pacific war, 1941-45

    • Abstract: Coatney, Caryn
      During their Pacific war alliance, Curtin and Roosevelt expanded the national leader's use of the media to symbolise a more public persona of governance that involved citizens in crisis discussions. While the 'personalisation of politics' is a growing scholarly topic, there is a lack of research on the two leaders' use of relatively new media to evoke perceptions of their direct communications with publics during this conflict. Although they benefited from censorship, this study of their communication techniques reveals insights into how political leaders have framed media rhetoric and camera imagery to convey their administrations as increasingly inclusive public spaces.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 1 - Facebook, Whatsapp and the commodification of
           affective labour

    • Abstract: Doyle, Kim
      This paper addresses the question of how and to what extent social media networks have facilitated the commodification of the affective labour of consumers and workers through circuits of constant consumer feedback on commercial products and business networking culture. It provides a brief political economy overview of the role of targeted-advertising, particularly mobile advertising, in Facebook's business model and how this model necessitates user growth and user surveillance. Using as a case study Facebook's acquisition of the instant messaging (IM) company WhatsApp, I investigate how the IM market has changed Facebook's merger and acquisitions strategy, while continuing its reliance on capturing intimate user data for revenue. The monterisation of user data will be examined through a political economy framework; specifically, the broader economic circumstances that drive Facebook's business model and the process by which users' information is quantified. The final section of the paper will discuss the relationship between Facebook's business model and government surveillance.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 1 - A Taiwanese chat show hit in mainland China: Kangxi
           Laile (Kangxi Coming) and the rhetoric and politics of private life and

    • Abstract: Cai, Shenshen
      Taiwanese entertainment shows are noted for their vulgar and erotic features that are replete with body contact, pornographic rhetoric and sexual connotations. Taking Kangxi Coming as a typical example, this paper examines how the sensual and perverse relationships between the Taiwanese public and political leaders, and between commoners and celebrities have opened the eyes of mainland spectators, enlightening them that there exists this kind of casual, relaxed and sometimes even disrespectful attitude of the general public towards their political leaders and their idols which is unimaginable in the mainland region. This unexpected finding reveals to the mainlander what a democratic society looks like; and also that a recreational program can be both informative and political, and entertaining. Kangxi Coming is a typical example of a Taiwanese entertainment show and it is a very popular chat show hosted by Little S and Cai Kongyong. Its arrival on the mainland via network video sites not only heralds a new pattern for entertainment shows, but also teaches a lesson to the austere, solemn, and rule-abiding mainland amusement programs, that the more a show becomes transparent and 'democratic', the more successful it will become and the larger audience it will attract.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 1 - Online activity and electoral outcomes

    • Abstract: Parkes, Alison; Milton, Simon
      Online activity has been shown to affect many different aspects of society including consumer perceptions of services and products. Little is known however about the effect of online activity on voting outcomes. We examine the impact of online activity on electoral outcomes, using a large phone survey of voters in the 2010 Australian federal election. We find that online activity affects voting outcomes and also whether or not a voter thinks about changing their vote. Some forms of online activity are associated with vote change while others relate to thoughts about vote change. We also find that online activity relates to the more-distant state-wide Senate vote differently from localised constituencies in the House of Representatives. Finally we establish that recalling online activity is strongly and positively correlated to vote change, establishing that findings from online activity research related to more generic services and/or products generalise across into the political domain. Given the ever-increasing level of online activity in the political sphere developing a more nuanced understanding of its effects has the potential to influence the underpinning democratic foundations of society.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 1 - The power of discourse: Obama and the American dream
           [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Johnson, Carol
      Review(s) of: Obama power, by Alexander, Jeffrey C. and Bernadette N. Jaworsky (2014), Cambridge Polity.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 3 - Patterns of migrant post-memory: The politics of
           remembering the Sayfo

    • Abstract: Numansen, Sofia; Ossewaarde, Marinus
      The Sayfo (or genocide) is remembered in Western Europe by diasporic communities of Arameans, Assyrians and Chaldeans in a variety of ways. Descendants of victims of systematic massacre of Christians by Turks and Kurds in 1915 have developed identities in the context of diaspora post-memory and reflection on a shared history of persecution and violence. A significant problem for diasporic communities is the danger of forgetting the Sayfo and the manipulation of post-memory. The intergenerational transmission of the Sayfo is subject to revision in the context of the changing political and cultural environments of migrant communities, and the migration from Eastern Turkey to Western Europe in the 1970s has had a profound effect on the culture, communication and politics of remembering the Sayfo.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 3 - 'Atentat'! Contested histories at the one hundredth
           anniversary of the Sarajevo assassination

    • Abstract: Halilovich, Hariz; Phipps, Peter
      Bosnia remains a divided country both politically, and in the representation and memorialisation of the past. This paper is based on fieldwork in Sarajevo at the hundredth anniversary of the Sarajevo assassination widely seen as the catalyst for the First World War. The antithetical, competing commemorations of this historical event tell us a great deal about the political fractures of Bosnia and the region. They also offer insights into the significance of historical memory in the stubborn reiteration of contemporary identities.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 3 - Of time and history: The dead of war, memory and the
           national imaginary in Timor-Leste

    • Abstract: Grenfell, Damian
      Patterns of memorialisation in Timor-Leste have been shaped by political trajectories and priorities that are bound up with state-formation since the end of the Indonesian occupation in 1999. The state has tended to give priority to both the living and the dead in terms of their involvement in the military resistance by providing pensions for still-living veterans and for the families of combatants killed in the war, as well as by establishing graves and ossuaries for the dead. Across these hierarchies, remembering the dead in Timor-Leste is both shaped by and embedded in different forms of temporality. On the one hand, memorialisation is part of the process of forming the new nation. On the other hand, it exists alongside what are referred to here as both ecclesiastical and customary temporalities. Remembering of the dead by the living-even when represented in empty cenotaphs and marked by political hierarchies-draws people into a kind of simultaneity across time and binds them not only to a distinctive past, but also to a new, reimagined future through collective mourning and recognition. A fuller sense of how the violence of the Indonesian occupation plays out in the post-conflict context can be found by considering other kinds of memorialisation concerning those killed in war, including graves and mortuary rituals. Both customary and ecclesiastical patterns of memory and temporality continue to be present in patterns of memorialisation.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 3 - What the river remembers: Theatricality and embodied
           knowledge in performing 'The secret river'

    • Abstract: Varney, Denise
      This article considers the politics of remembering violence in relation to the contested matter of the Frontier Wars between Aboriginal people and settlers in 19th century colonial Australia. It argues that remembering violence is political when it is a question of whose memories constitute a dominant cultural memory and whose are left unspoken or subjected to doubt. If the dominant cultural memory of Australian settlement celebrates gold-diggers, explorers, squatters, pioneers, emancipists, convicts, bushrangers and exceptional white women, it disremembers the experience of Aboriginal people. Of late, works of Australian film, literature and drama have played a key role in challenging dominant cultural representations of nation-building. In this article, I analyze the 2013 theatrical adaptation and performance of Kate Grenville's novel The Secret River (2005) by writer Andrew Bovell and the creative team at the Sydney Theatre Company, including directors Neil Armfield and Stephen Page.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 3 - Editorial

    • Abstract: Hudson, Chris; Castillo, Antonio
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  • Volume 48 Issue 3 - Author bios

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  • Volume 48 Issue 3 - Social media and the politics of reportage. The 'Arab
           spring' [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Tokareva, Ekaterina
      Review(s) of: Social media and the politics of reportage. The 'Arab spring', by Bebawi, Saba, and Bossio, Diana. (Eds.) (2014), New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1-137-36139-4.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 2 - Author bios

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  • Volume 48 Issue 2 - 'Strange times': Anti-elite discourse, the
           bicentenary, and the IPA review

    • Abstract: Davis, Mark; Sharman, Nick
      In this paper we investigate anti-elite discourse in the leading Australian conservative journal the Institute of Public Affairs Review (IPA Review) in the context of Australia's Bicentenary celebrations of 1988. To do this we undertook qualitative content analysis of all issues of the IPA Review from 1984 to 1989: the five-year lead up to Australia's celebrations in 1988, and the year after. Our argument is that while much of the scholarship on anti-elite discourse in Australia focuses quite properly on the period after the election of the Liberal Party in 1996, led by unapologetic conservative John Howard, and the rise of far right populist anti-indigenous and anti-multiculturalist politician Pauline Hanson in the same period, the lead up to the Bicentenary represented a particularly rich, formative period for anti-elite discourse, when many of the concepts, themes and terms central to later debate and current political discourse were tested and refined.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 2 - Remediating modernity: Youth, role models and
           behaviour change in 'new Nepal'

    • Abstract: Greenland, Natalie; Skuse, Andrew
      Communication for development (C4D) theorising, program design and practice, to a significant extent, remain driven by notions that communication inspires liberal-minded role models or 'change agents' operating at the local level. These individuals are typically described in terms of their willingness to pursue social change. In looking at the links between national pro-social change broadcasting and local practices of remediation and interpretation, this paper assesses the work of a large international NGO working to promote life skills, health awareness and civic responsibility amongst young people in Nepal. Such work charges young people to be agents of their own social change through the development of localised C4D initiatives that link with national media outputs and agendas. Inevitably, there is a degree of slippage in both meaning and message as local remediation of broader development issues occurs. Analysis reveals remediation of such issues to be a tangled practice in which key messages are reworked, made more conservative, and localised or mis-communicated.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 2 - Representations of the 'region' in Australian radio
           research and policy

    • Abstract: Ames, Kate
      This paper reviews the relationship between regional Australia, its audiences, and radio research in the 20th and 21st centuries by examining the methods by which regional Australia has been incorporated and acknowledged within radio histories, surveys, and research into broadcasting policy. This paper argues that this research has embraced a wider discourse and narrative focused on 'saving' the regions-a sentiment that has been the overwhelming narrative in Australia's social and economic history. It concludes that regional Australia needs to be better understood and integrated into research that has implications for broadcasting policy development.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 2 - Chinese creative industries, soft power and
           censorship: The case of animation

    • Abstract: Xu, Xiaying; Schirato, Tony
      The interrelatedness of Chinese economic and cultural reforms since the beginning of the new millennium, most particularly and importantly with regard to the acceptance and deployment of the concept of creative industries as an extension of China's 'soft power', needs to be considered in light of two factors: firstly, and at a conceptual level, it derived from the development of the highly influential notion of the 'creative industries' in the UK; and secondly, it was linked to what we could term the 'cultural politics' of China's relations with neighboring cultural powers such as Japan and South Korea (and to a certain extent and more broadly, with the United States). In 2005, the creative industries concept was embraced by Beijing, but with a caveat: it opted to use the hybrid term 'cultural creative industries' in the official document, due to the sensitivity of the term 'creative' (Keane 2007). One part of the field of cultural production that was strongly impacted by these developments was the animation sector. This article will provide an account of the various political, economic and cultural contexts that drove and informed these changes and how they have played out within the contemporary Chinese animation industry.

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  • Volume 48 Issue 2 - Digital fitness: Self-monitored fitness and the
           commodification of movement

    • Abstract: Brabazon, Tara
      This article moves beyond a history of domestic home video fitness programs to explore digital fitness with specific attention to the self-monitored fitness 'movement' and the hardware and software that facilitate its proliferation. The research in this area is currently conducted through preliminary small scale studies, alongside some flawed but still (inadvertently) useful undergraduate and graduate projects. Popular cultural interest is burgeoning, with the popularity of the Fitbit suite and the iWatch surging through an array of commentaries on blogs, YouTube videos, tweets and Facebook posts. This theoretical paper links digitisation with fitness to explore the balance between self-monitoring and surveillance, motivation and shaming. The Fitbit is an example of this self-monitored fitness 'movement' that reveals the ambivalence of quantifying steps and stairs while managing a volatile neoliberal working environment.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 1 - Robo-call usage by Australian political parties: The
           case of the "Spooky vote-hunting robot"

    • Abstract: Kefford, Glenn; Power, Linus
      While internationally, pre-recorded telephone messages, often referred to as robo-calls, have been used for some time, their use during Australian election campaigns goes back less than a decade. This article tracks the emergence of robo-calls and a complementary technology known as telephone 'town-halling' in Australia. It explores the way Australian parties are using telephonic technology as part of their election campaigns and compares this use to the experience in the United States and Canada. While these countries have seen a push for increased robo-call and telephonic regulation as a result of a number of controversies, this article argues that any regulatory changes in Australia should reflect the different way the technology is being used here. In particular, the evidence shows that it is the telephone 'town-hall' technology which is set to grow most significantly and regulatory changes need to reflect the distinction between the two forms of telephonic political campaigning.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 1 - 'This campaign is all about...' Dissecting Australian
           campaign narratives

    • Abstract: Bartlett, David; Rayner, Jennifer
      It has sometimes been suggested that there are only a handful of campaign narratives in existence, and that political parties repeatedly recycle these when running for elected office. In this paper, we test this suggestion by dissecting the narratives communicated by Australia's major political parties over 10 years of state and federal election campaigning. We find that just six narratives dominate in Australian electoral discourse, and explore how these narratives are linked to issues such as incumbency and the electoral context.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 1 - '...a story that's got all the right elements':
           Australian media audiences talk about the coverage of a health-related
           story from the developing world

    • Abstract: Imison, Michelle
      Australian news coverage of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) generally, and of their health contexts specifically, has long been criticised as problematic. This paper considers an exemplary LMIC health story and presents findings of an audience reception study that examined how different groups of Australian participants responded to it, the possible implications for future LMIC health coverage and for domestic perceptions of global public health. In particular, the paper examines how audiences talked about three of the story's principal themes and suggests that greater audience engagement with LMIC health news may be possible as the mass-media landscape continues to evolve.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 1 - Don't cut off our tongues: Yolngu voices in news and

    • Abstract: Waller, Lisa; McCallum, Kerry
      Few studies have explored the ways in which Indigenous peoples contribute to shaping public and policy agendas through their various uses of the news media. This paper draws on interviews with policy actors, including Indigenous activists, media professionals and educators. Through their spoken words it identifies how Yolngu people, from North-East Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory, have used Indigenous public spheres and media logics to penetrate public policy debate about bilingual education. Research participants emphasised the importance of Yolngu governance practices for discussion, decision-making and action in their media campaigns to retain their bilingual curriculum. Through their accounts, a picture emerges of the constitution of the contemporary Yolngu public sphere.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 1 - New news is good news: Non-traditional news forms,
           journalism and citizen information in contemporary Australia [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Throsby, Edwina
      Review(s) of: Australian TV news: New forms, functions and futures, by Harrington, Stephen (2013), Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 1 - Social media: A critical introduction [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Hjorth, Larissa
      Review(s) of: Social Media: A critical introduction, by Fuchs, Christian (2014), London, Sage.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 2 - Being heard: Mentoring as part of a community media

    • Abstract: Bailey, Aisling; Farquharson, Karen; Marjoribanks, Timothy; Nolan, David
      The AuSud Media Project is a community media intervention aimed at enabling Sudanese-Australian to develop a media voice. One of the elements of the project was a mentoring program that partnered Sudanese-Australians with working journalists. This article investigates the experiences and assessments of the mentoring program, highlighting different aspirations held by participants, language tutors and journalists, and the power relationships involved. We find that although mentors and participants had different goals for their mentoring experience, the participants felt heard by their mentors and by extension the Australian media. However the mentoring relationships also took place in a system of broader inequalities and structures that raise questions about how to effect change through such media interventions.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 2 - Sex-in-advertising: A policy-setting taxonomy

    • Abstract: Brennan, Linda; Jevons, Colin; Brady, Erica
      Discussion about the appropriateness or otherwise of sex in advertising is wide ranging and recurrent. 'Sex' in advertising has been the subject of extensive research and debate which has often been conducted on flawed conceptual foundations. We argue that this is due to a lack of shared understanding of 'sex' as it relates to advertising. By examining the various ways in which 'sex' and related terms have been used in the past, and grounded in accepted cultural usage, this research develops a taxonomy of sex within the advertising domain. This taxonomy clarifies meaning and provides a framework as a basis for future research. It also provides a decision making framework for debates about what is and is not an appropriate reference to sex in advertising.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 2 - Symbolic attack sites and the performance of
           terrorism, counter terrorism and memory

    • Abstract: Aly, Anne
      This paper reports on a project that explores how terrorist attack sites become communicative platforms within which three kinds of enactment- the terrorist attack, counter measures by the state and affective public responses- construct narratives and counter narratives about terrorism. This approach is applied in research project that explores the range of meanings that emerge around the site of the 2002 Bali Bombings in Kuta, the political nature of commemoration and the ways in which victims voices become part of the narrative/counter narrative of violent extremism. The conceptual framework applied in this research incorporates performance theory and notions of the audience (government and publics) as narrators in a discourse of contested meanings that are also enacted through the symbolic imagery of the attack site. The findings reported here demonstrate how attack sites become dynamic spaces for the interpretation and reinterpretation of meanings about terrorism embodied in the narratives generated by the performance roles of various actors. These meanings challenge the performative power of the terrorist attacks but also construct counter narratives to official responses to terrorism.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 2 - Emerging dimensions of networked energy citizenship:
           The case of coal seam gas mobilisation in Australia

    • Abstract: Kuch, Delcan; Titus, Asha
      Coal Seam Gas (CSG) activities have mobilised new political coalitions across the traditional left/right political divide in the eastern Australian states. Through the charting of these activities we propose the concept of 'networked energy citizenship' to capture the tensions between fossil fuel capital and the rural and urban alliances that form in response to a range of concerns and unexpected connections. These include bubbling rivers, pipelines routes and new duties thrust upon landholders. We emphasise the advantages of analysing online data around energy issues as part of traditional qualitative data gathering. This article reports empirical findings from a custom database of tweets around CSG issues and theorises the politics of knowledge at stake in this challenge to state-appointed expertise. We apply the Economic Sociology concepts of 'bridging' and 'brokering', to analyse the distinctive structure of the online issue networks around CSG; however, we remain wary of claims of predictive power which tend to gloss the material conditions and political character of these networks. For this reason, online expressions of concern around unconventional gas should be understood as 'events' implicated in a wider set of economic, political and techno-scientific processes.

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  • Volume 47 Issue 2 - Clean energy futures and place-based responses: A
           comparison of letters-to-the-editor in two Australian regions

    • Abstract: van Vuuren, Kitty; Angus, Dan; Ward, Susan
      A region's cultural environment-how people communicate and how local media represent the immediate social and natural environment-is indicative of local dominant normative values that underpin potential capacities for climate change mitigation and adaptation. This article explores this premise with a comparison of two regions in Australia: Northern Rivers (New South Wales) and Ipswich-Lockyer (Queensland), and draws attention to readers' letters published in two daily newspapers, The Queensland Times (Ipswich) and The Northern Star (Lismore), with a specific focus on the Clean Energy Legislative Package. Leximancer software is used to analyse the content of readers' letters published over a nine-month period coinciding with the passage of the legislation through the Australian parliament. The results indicate important differences in local discourses and suggest a focus on local socio-cultural landscapes and their capacities for community dialogue are potentially useful for understanding how communities talk about, and the extent to which they will accept climate change policies.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 1 - A decade on: Public commemoration and political
           implications of the tenth anniversary of 9/11

    • Abstract: Ewart, Jacqui; Rane, Halim
      This themed section of Communication, Politics and Culture has been some time in the making, as we needed to wait for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to pass before our contributors could undertake their research, analyse their findings and write up their papers. Therefore, this edition appears two months before the 12th anniversary of 9/11. The 10th anniversary provided publics with a key point in time to reflect on the events of September 11 in 2001 - making it an opportunity for our contributors to see how it was covered by media and commemorated publicly.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 1 - Questions and answers and tweets

    • Abstract: Given, Jock; Radywyl, Natalia
      This article reports on the integration of Twitter messages into the live television broadcast of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) weekly public affairs discussion program, Q and A. The program first went to air in May 2008; Twitter integration began two years later. Twitter integration is an evolving example of 'participation television', but not one that involves the kind of remotecontrol/ set-top-box interactivity that digital television promised. Q and A integrates broadcast and online content in a way the program makers thought would serve the animating purpose of the television program: to increase public engagement in politics. It is an attempt to use the internet to make television better rather than to concede its eclipse, by marrying brief fragments of online speech with the one-way, single-channel authority of a television program broadcast live across a nation by a public service broadcaster. The research draws on data about Twitter use supplied by the ABC and its contractor TweeVee TV, OzTAM television ratings data, interviews and email correspondence with ABC staff and others conducted by the two authors between June and October 2011, and observations on the making of the episode of the show in Sydney on 29 May 2011.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 1 - The framing of 9/11 and Australian television's
           framing of the tenth anniversary

    • Abstract: Ewart, Jacqui; Rane, Halim
      In this article, we analyse Australian television news programs' framing of the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11. We found that television news programs in Australia have moved away from the conflation of terrorism with Muslims and Islam and that news about the tenth anniversary was framed around the themes of human resilience and resolution. Notably absent is the news frame of blame on Islam or Muslims for the attacks against the US.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 1 - Commemorating catastrophe: The British press, the
           culture of remembrance and the 10th anniversary of 9/11

    • Abstract: Tulloch, John
      This article undertakes a qualitative analysis of British press coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It examines four national daily newspapers and their Sunday counterparts, identifies dominant themes in their coverage and reflects on the role of newspapers in the creation of social memory and the orchestration of rituals of remembrance. The article attempts to place the developments in press coverage within a wider political context. It concludes that, although 9/11 was still presented by part of the press as a day that changed history, a range of more analytic features cast doubt on simplistic explanations.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 1 - The wounded city: Memory and commemoration in lower

    • Abstract: Ferres, Kay
      This paper is about the way words, images and sites of memory have shaped remembrance and memorialisation of the events of September 11 2001 in New York. It begins with contemporary commentary and my own recollection of those events, which occurred as I was travelling to Britain, Ireland and the United States from Australia. It explores both the role of remembering in creating collective identities and the place of emotion in the public sphere. The paper draws on the work of Paul Ricoeur (1999) in discussing how the rituals of remembrance can organise the past and imagine the future. My focus is on local sites of memory: street memorials, sites of conscience and official memorials, and the way they reorder public spaces.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 2 - Embedded gambling promotion in Australian football
           broadcasts: An exploratory study

    • Abstract: Milner, Lisa; Hing, Nerilee; Vitartas, Peter; Lamont, Matthew
      Governments, researchers and the public have raised concerns about extensive gambling promotions during televised sport, particularly in Australia. This study aims to quantify gambling promotions during selected football broadcasts and conduct a content and semiotic analysis of their components. Analysis reveals that gambling promotions constituted 2.5% of observed broadcast time. Embedded gambling promotions included logos, sponsored segments, displayed betting odds and extended betting commentary. Extensive plot placement potentially optimises promotions' effectiveness, while their personal relevance, empathy, information and congruence align well with young male target audiences for football and sports betting. Implications for public health and sport management are noted.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 2 - Habermas and the Garants: Narrowing the gap between
           policy and practice in French organisation-citizen engagement

    • Abstract: Burnside-Lawry, Judy; Lee, Carolyne; Rui, Sandrine
      This article draws on a case study of organisation-citizen engagement during railway infrastructure planning in southwest France, to examine the nature of participatory democracy, both conceptually - as elucidated by Habermas and others - and empirically, as recently practised within the framework of a model established in one democratically governed country. We analyse roles played by the state organisation responsible for building railway infrastructure; the National Commission for Public Debate; and the Garants, who oversee and facilitate the participatory process as laid down by the French law of Public Debate. We conclude by arguing that despite its normative aspects and its lack of provision for analysis of power relations, Habermas's theory of communicative action can be used to evaluate the quality of organisation - citizen engagement, potentially providing a basis for informing actual models of democratic participation.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 2 - National, local and household media ecologies: The
           case of Australia's National Broadband Network

    • Abstract: Wilken, Rowan; Nansen, Bjorn; Arnold, Michael; Kennedy, Jenny; Gibbs, Martin
      This article draws from recent work by the authors on high-speed broadband and Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) to critically engage with and extend theories of media ecologies. The argument of this paper is that the media ecology approach is a valuable framework for making sense of such a large-scale infrastructure project as the NBN, but that, equally, due to its scaled nature, the NBN leads to a reconceptualised understanding of media ecologies as operating at three different levels: national, local (at the level of the suburb or town), and within the household.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 1 - The impact of 9/11 on Australian Muslim civil society

    • Abstract: Amath, Nora
      As a consequence of 9/11, Muslims living in Western countries faced complex and major challenges that Muslim civil society organisations (MCSOs) then had to confront and provide appropriate responses to. Studies focusing on the responses of Muslim organisations and individuals to 9/11 revealed that many MCSOs were 'obligated' to participate and engage in three main activities: interfaith dialogue, media engagement and consultation with all levels of government. What is lacking in the literature is reflection on the impact these engagements have had on the organisations a decade after 9/11. Using descriptive phenomenology inquiry as the research approach, this study is based on 30 semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 15 MCSO actors in Australia. The key themes that emerged from these interviews about the impact 9/11 had on MCSOs were: a shift in focus; mistrust and criticism from within the Muslim community; being ill-equipped to deal with the frenzy; exhaustion; resilience; creating a more open, transparent community; emphasising pluralism and universal values; and asserting the Australian Muslim identity. These findings have also revealed how Islam has manifested within these contexts.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 1 - The Special Broadcasting Service and the future of
           multiculturalism: An insight into contemporary challenges and future

    • Abstract: Roose, Joshua M; Akbarzadeh, Shahram
      In the past decade multiculturalism across Western nations has come under sustained critique and attack from its political opponents. It has been asserted that multiculturalism leads to the creation of ghettos and segregated communities, which undermine liberal democratic values and heighten the risk of attraction to extremist violence, particularly in regard to Muslim communities. The ferocity of these attacks has led many scholars to claim that multiculturalism is 'in retreat'. But such claims have rarely been tested as they relate to publicly funded government agencies and institutions. These are key sites governing the daily practice and representation of multiculturalism that impact on populations in everyday life. In the Australian context, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is a pivotal example of a multicultural institution, with its programming and community engagement widely considered among the world's best practice in promoting pluralism and respect between cultures. In more recent times, however, a series of controversial episodes on the network's flagship 'ideas forum', the Insight television program, have led to anger in Australian Muslim communities, and a boycott by a variety of community leaders, academics and activists. This study reveals a notable shift away from the core values of multiculturalism in the SBS and Australian society.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 2 - Weibo in China: Understanding its development through
           communication analysis and cultural studies

    • Abstract: Zhang, Zhan; Negro, Gianluigi
      Weibo is considered to be the Chinese media phenomenon of 2010 and 2011. This paper provides a brief historical overview of microblogging in China and identifies the social and cultural roles held by Sina Weibo, a multimedia-enabled Weibo website. Using as case studies three of the most significant news items and events of 2010 and 2011 on the Weibo platform, we investigate how microblogging has been used in China and then analyse this using communication theories. Specifically, communication on Sina Weibo is examined in terms of impersonal - interpersonal - hyperpersonal interaction; individual - group - mass transmission fission; and communication interaction, taking into consideration the involvement of both the multimedia platform and citizen journalism. The final part of the paper discusses the relationship between Sina Weibo's development and Chinese culture - a factor that the authors believe must necessarily be considered in future studies of Weibo's growth.

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  • Volume 46 Issue 1 - The securitisation of nuclear energy post-September 11
           and its impact on ASEAN's nuclear aspirations

    • Abstract: Han, Eulalia
      This article examines the securitisation of nuclear energy post-September 11 and how the current nuclear terrorism discourse will influence Southeast Asia's nuclear aspirations, and its relations with the dominant nuclear powers and international conventions on nuclear energy. The main aims of this study are to highlight the deficiencies of a United States-dominated nuclear security discourse that is focused on nuclear terrorism, and suggest that nuclear energy be desecuritised in light of such deficiencies. This could provide for a more comprehensive engagement with the issue of nuclear energy, refocusing the agenda back to nuclear security as a whole, and opening up discussions to include the concerns of other regions, such as Southeast Asia, who look to acquire nuclear technology. The study first explains the concept of securitisation through the lens of the Copenhagen School, as well as how, through speech acts, nuclear energy has been securitised alongside terrorism discourse. It then highlights the contrasting narratives between the US and Southeast Asia on the issue. The study finds that the securitisation of nuclear energy through a focus on terrorism has sidelined concerns of current and potential nuclear-power states, and could possibly discourage the latter from ratifying international conventions.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - Blame liberals: Conservative columnists and the GFC in
           Australia and Canada

    • Abstract: Mickler, Steve
      The global financial crisis (GFC) that erupted in the banking and share crash of 2008 vindicated the critics of market deregulation. As such, the crisis put the promoters of market deregulation-conservative media commentators along with governments and major political parties-in an awkward position. Employing a deconstructionist reading of an archive of opinion articles from major daily newspapers, this paper examines the responses of conservative newspaper columnists in Australia and Canada in the first weeks and months of the crisis. It considers the way these commentators employed a common set of rhetorical moves to relocate the responsibility for the GFC away from the unaccountable activities of finance and investment groups and onto one or another manifestation of 'liberal values' or 'progressive governance'.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - In transition

    • Abstract: Dearman, Philip
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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - Gruen Nation: Dissecting the show, not the business

    • Abstract: Carah, Nicholas; Brodmerkel, Sven; Knaggs, Angie
      One distinctive feature of the increasing mediatisation of politics in general and election campaigns in particular is the growth of the media's self-referential reflections on the interplay between politics and media. This meta-coverage has become a familiar media ritual that is not only evident in traditional 'hard news' media, but has also become an essential part of comedy and lifestyle programs. While some scholars argue that these self-referential revelations about how political communication and audiences are being conceptualised serves the public interest, others suggest that meta-coverage leads to increased cynicism and disengagement among citizens. In this context, the highly successful Australian television program Gruen Nation is a particularly instructive example. On the program, advertisers and campaign strategists engaged in meta-coverage of the 2010 Australian Federal Election campaign. This article examines how the program's communication experts decoded political communication, how they performed their professional ideology and to what extent their meta-coverage contributed to a critical analysis of the interplay between media and the democratic process.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - Media, communication, and democracy: Global and
           national environments - an introduction

    • Abstract: Stetka, Vaclav; Ornebring, Henrik
      Ever since the birth of modern democracies, free speech and an independent press have been regarded as crucial and indispensable conditions for the functioning of a democratic political system. The demise of authoritarian regimes and spreading of democracy in other parts of the world in the late 20th century-which Samuel Huntington (1991) called 'the third wave of global democratisation'-has even further increased researchers' interest in the role of media in facilitating democratic transition and enabling subsequent democratic consolidation (particularly in Eastern Europe and Latin America). Based on recent developments in the Arab world, which have seen several Middle Eastern countries toppling their authoritarian leaders in events reportedly sparked by and organised through new communication technologies and social networks (Lim 2012, Youmans and York 2012), one can argue that studying the links between media, democracy and democratization processes is as topical as it can possibly be.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - 'I probably should have done something else'. An
           interview with Mick Counihan

    • Abstract: King, Noel
      This is one of a series of interviews, completed for an ARC-funded project (by Deane Williams and Constantine Verevis from Monash University, and Noel King from Macquarie University) which has investigated the emergence of tertiary education film studies in Australia 1975-1985. The research probed the hunch that the emergence and consolidation of film studies in Australian tertiary education-especially in the decade long period under consideration-differed from other Anglo-American academic institutional contexts by virtue of overlapping with a revived Australian film industry and an associated new prominence for film critics in many Australian newspapers and journals. This was a period which saw particular individuals departing from intellectual formations such as English, History, Sociology, Education, Linguistics and Modern Languages, to pursue a new area of teaching, research and writing: film and (later) television studies. Although the decision to concentrate on a new academic-curriculum area carried with it no guarantee of a secure tenure-track career, curricula in traditional university departments eventually shifted to accommodate film study, sometimes welcomed by a given department or combination of departments in an Arts Faculty, at other times accompanied by a bitter struggle. Counihan's interview offers one 'take' on the Melbourne-context of our study. It overlaps with but also differs from other interviewees' accounts (given by Ian Hunter1, Albert Moran2 and Brian Shoesmith3), and in this sense the various interviews generated by the research project can be thought of as in dialogue with one another. In the stages of his career which follow the period discussed here, Counihan went to Griffith university to teach in the 'Society and the Media' major, and then returned to Melbourne to take a position at RMIT where he remained until retirement. So this interview can be thought of as the 'first act' of Counihan's three-act career as an Australian academic, and as such it covers crucial stages in the emergence and consolidation of tertiary level film studies in Melbourne and Australia.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - Reporting Megawati's bid for the Indonesian
           presidency: Framing and social realities

    • Abstract: Coghlan, Jo
      This paper examines the relationship between episodic framing and the construction and maintenance of social realities in English-language reporting about Indonesian politics during the nation's transition to democracy in 1998 and 1999. It evaluates framing in terms of context and frequency across 478 Australian, American and British newspaper reports primarily about PDI-P (Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle) leader Megawati Sukarnoputri, daughter of former president Sukarno. How Megawati was framed in the English-language news media provides theoretical and empirical links between episodic framing and its function in shaping social realities. Findings indicate that an overreliance on episodic framing led to a lack of critical journalism in relation to Megawati's agency and value to democratic Indonesia in the Post-Suharto period, and constructed influential narratives that privileged Megawati over her adversaries.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - Slovenian election posters as a medium of political
           communication: An informative or persuasive campaign tool'

    • Abstract: Dezelan, Tomaz; Maksuti, Alem
      Election posters are a visual means of communicating political messages to a large audience, and they are an important print medium for political communication that is directly controlled by political actors. Posters have played a large role in election campaigns for the past two centuries, and as a result, this trend continues in many countries today. The legacy of socialism and the rule of the Communist Party made posters even more important in Slovenia, due to the medium's significant function in the propaganda machinery. By employing the informative-persuasive framework (Mueller and Stratmann 1994), we analysed the nature of electoral competition in Slovenian poster campaigning as well as the extent of its (dis)continuity with posters from the period of communist monism. Based on the content analysis of 841 posters from the communist and noncommunist periods, we observed that Slovenian posters in the post-1991 democratic era reflect patterns of poster campaigning characteristic of liberal democracies and demonstrate a clear break with posters from the communist regime. Those patterns confirm the general assumption that dominant political actors employ more persuasive poster campaigning, while the less established devote more attention to informative activities.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - Local hooks and regional anchors: Media
           representations of the EU in the Pacific

    • Abstract: Chaban, Natalia; Kelly, Serena; Bain, Jessica
      In order to understand the relationship between the European Union's (EU) intent in development policy and how effectively it communicates this to third countries (countries outside of its borders), this analysis explores the relationship between EU 'normative' political discourse and the international news media, and how this intersection may lead to the construction of a specific social reality. Using both qualitative and quantitative content analysis to explore textual imagery of the EU in the print news media, this paper presents a case study of the Pacific geo-political region in order to further theoretical conceptions of the EU's role as a political and development leader in the world.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - Contradictory populism online: Nationalist and
           globalist discourses of the Serbian Radical Party's websites

    • Abstract: Samardzija, Anita; Robertson, Shanthi
      Populist or radical far right parties have been an integral part of politics in postsocialist Eastern European countries such as Serbia. This paper presents a detailed analysis of the ideologies and discourses of the Serbian Radical Party (Srpska Radikalna Stranka) (SRS) as communicated through its online presence. Close analysis of online content reveals a contradictory populist rhetoric that simultaneously rejects globalisation and the West while embracing alternative globalist ideologies. The paper analyses core political ideas of the SRS to reveal that although nativist and nationalist discourses remain key tactics in far right populist ideology, the SRS has also expanded its concepts of political collectivity and adapted to changing geopolitics. As such, the paper opens up new ways of understanding far right populist rhetoric in an era of globalised modernity.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - Habits of democracy: Newswriting and the reworking of
           democratic traditions in India

    • Abstract: Rao, Ursula
      This article examines the specific characteristics of Indian democracy, and maps how changes in the media landscape impact on the relation between journalism and politics. The expanding Indian news industry underwent a rapid process of localisation and commercialisation since the mid 1990s. Both developments impacted on the way politics is reported. Localisation deepens the engagement of newspapers with social networks and turns newspapers into organs that reflect popular leadership contests. In turn, commercialisation has severely limited the power of politicians to influence reporting and has thus created spaces for new forms of political critique that question the benevolence of India's leadership traditions and vernacular forms of democracy. Such criticism is an important contribution towards debates about corruption, inefficiencies, arrogance and violence. However, the criticism remains selective and, as I will show, fails to reflect on the role newspapers play in shaping power relations. By examining the engagement of newspapers with social networks, I conclude that political reporting influences not only the contents of political debates, but also the recreation of democratic tradition itself.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - Valuing 'voice': Rethinking the ends of political,
           economic and social life in neoliberal context [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Mikami, Akina
      Review(s) of: Why voice matters: Culture and politics after Neoliberalism, by Nick Couldry (2010), Los Angeles, Sage, 176 pp., ISBN: 9781848606623.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 2 - Crumbling giant, rising dragon': Chinese news
           media cartoon reflections on the Eurozone debt crisis

    • Abstract: Bain, Jessica; Chaban, Natalia; Kelly, Serena
      This paper explores China's relationship with the European Union by analysing their mediated interactions during the Eurozone debt crisis. Despite different current economic situations, China and the EU form a key global alliance. In light of this, the paper considers visual framings of the Eurozone crisis in China's leading business newspaper, focusing on meanings and evaluations rendered by political cartoons. The analysis finds the Chinese business press depicts the EU as struggling to handle its own financial affairs and asks whether this is seen as an opportunity for China to seize the title of global economic 'heavyweight'.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 2 - The changing pattern of state workers' labour
           resistance in Shaanxi province, China

    • Abstract: Cheng, Zhiming
      State workers in China have been suffering multiple negative shocks due to state sector reforms and massive lay-offs since the 1990s. One of their responses has been to engage in conventional forms of rightful resistance to assert their rights and benefits. The recent development of such labour resistance, however, has been less studied. This paper examines the recent collective rights action among state workers in Shaanxi province to examine the evolving pattern of resistance that changed from relatively non-threatening to radical, and from offline to a mixture of real-life and cyberspace actions. Because the recent movements directly challenged the authoritarian power of the agencies of the ruling party, local authorities have not tolerated the rights action as they had previously, but have suppressed resistance. The findings add to the body of knowledge regarding the changing relationship between the state and workers, and the interplay between traditional resistance politics and emerging cyberspace activism in transitional China.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 2 - Partner, prototype or persuader': China's renewed
           media engagement with Ghana

    • Abstract: Gagliardone, Iginio; Stremlau, Nicole; Nkrumah, Daniel
      This article provides an empirically grounded assessment of China's increasing role in the African mediasphere. It examines the strategic importance of Chinese media assistance to Ghana along three dimensions: the potential appeal of the Chinese approach to information regulation for countries struggling to balance development and risks to political stability; the direct intervention of Chinese companies in the media and telecommunication sectors through the provision of loans, equipment and technical expertise; and the stepping up of China's public diplomacy strategy through the expansion of international broadcasters and the increase of exchange and training programs targeting African citizens. The study is based on fieldwork conducted by the authors in Ghana, and on the analysis of semi-structured interviews with Ghanaian journalists, policymakers, journalism educators, civil society players and Chinese journalists and media entrepreneurs in Ghana. Problematising the alarmist scholarship that suggests a strategic Chinese invasion of Africa and the potential reversal of media freedoms, the study indicates that the Chinese presence in Ghana seems to be grounded in a more pragmatic and less uniform approach anchored on mutual interests. It concludes by suggesting the need for a shift in the debate that tends to be polarised by images of China as either a neo-colonialist power or as a benevolent partner. To understand whether the Chinese approach to the media could have resonance beyond China, greater attention must be paid to how the ideology and political culture characterising individual African countries, as well as the elites who establish partnerships with Chinese political leaders and companies, resonate with the Chinese approach to governance and the media.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 2 - China, change and collaborative research

    • Abstract: Griffiths, Mary; Jiang, Ying; Griffiths, Michael
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  • Volume 45 Issue 2 - Relationship delete: Young people, 'new' media and
           mediated disconnection [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Casey, Sarah
      Review(s) of: The breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over new media, by Gershon, Ilana (2010), Ithaca and London, Cornell University Press, 232 pp.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 2 - Omnipresent Technologies-Omnipresent Democracies':
           Morozov's critique of serious online activism [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Brennan, Russell
      Review(s) of: The net delusion: How not to liberate the world, by Evgeny Morozov (2011), London, Allen Lane, 432pp.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 2 - Exploring news frames of diplomatic visits: A
           comparative study of Chinese and American media treatment of vice
           president Xi Jinping's official tour of the US

    • Abstract: Leshuo, Dong; Chitty, Naren
      The United States and China draw mutual fascination as the current global superpower and an incipient one, respectively. The state visit to the US in February 2012 by Vice President Xi Jinping, who is described as the Chinese president-in-waiting in the Western press, is examined comparatively across leading US and Chinese newspapers. Framing theory is employed in the examination to ascertain different frames that have emerged in the two political cultural contexts.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 2 - Cultural diplomacy with Chinese characteristics: The
           case of Confucius Institutes in Australia

    • Abstract: Hartig, Falk
      Since 2004,China has set up more than 400 Confucius Institutes and 500 Confucius Classrooms in 108 countries to promote Chinese language and culture. Despite these impressive numbers, these institutions are still surprisingly understudied. This article uses Confucius Institutes in Australia as a case study to deepen the understanding of China's new cultural diplomacy tool. The article describes Confucius Institutes as a form of strategic stakeholder engagement and argues that this collaborative tool of cultural diplomacy depends heavily on the commitment of its local stakeholders.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 2 - Making connections: An investigation into the factors
           determining Internet uptake by rural residents in China

    • Abstract: Ye, Raymond Mingrui
      This study explores the process of Internet development in the context of rural China by qualitatively examining the reflections of China's rural residents on the perceived attributes of Internet use. Deriving from the 'diffusion of innovations' theory, five perceived attributes of innovation-relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, trialability and observability-which decisively affect the rate of diffusion, are centred on throughout this investigation in order to expand understandings about the current situation in terms of the diffusion process of network-based informational technologies. The concluding analysis shows that: a) lower e-literacy has been the key impediment to Internet diffusion in rural China, while the effect of financial concerns has decreased; b) concerns about young children take on noticeable importance in rural China regarding whether or not to purchase computers and get connected to the Internet; and c) the low trialability and observability of the Internet-related facilities also constrain farmers' activeness in terms of using the Internet.

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  • Volume 45 Issue 1 - More than melting glaciers: Making climate change
           meaningful [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Myers, Alanna
      Review(s) of: Mediating Climate Change, by Julie Doyle (2011), Farnham, Ashgate Publishing; 182 pp, ISBN: 9780754676683.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 2 - Australian documentary: History, practices and genres
           [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Adair, David
      Review(s) of: Australian documentary: History, practices and genres, by Trish Fitzsimons, Pat Laughren and Dugald Williamson, Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 2 - Good faith collaboration: The culture of Wikipedia
           [Book Review]

    • Abstract: Chamberlain, Susanna
      Review(s) of: Good faith collaboration: The culture of Wikipedia, by Joseph Michael Reagle Jr., Cambridge Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2010.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 2 - Networked civic life: Issue publics during federal
           elections in Germany

    • Abstract: Kubitschko, Sebastian
      We live in a media-saturated world. That much is clear; indeed that much is exceedingly apparent. 'We', that is, a steadily growing number of people around the globe. 'People' is an expression that names both the constitutive political subject and the class excluded from politics (Agamben, 1998, pp. 176-80). 'The media' has become the space where technology, communication, and power converge: 'power in the network society is communication power' (Castells, 2009, p. 53). In this 'network' or 'informational society' (van Dijk, 2006; Castells, 2000), if that is what we have to call it, it is the internet above all that acts as a hub for global flows of information and ideas and hence increasingly influences social groups and cultural categories (Wellman and Haythornethwaite, 2002). Computers and the rapid increase in mobile information and communication technologies (ICTs) that connect people to, and from, the internet make this network of networks almost omnipresent. As it has become routinely incorporated into the daily lives of innumerable people around the globe over the last 15 years, the internet has gone from being a promising platform for politics to an integral part of civil society.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 2 - New media for old bottles: Linear thinking and the
           2010 Australian election

    • Abstract: Hodge, Bob; Matthews, Ingrid
      This article offers an oblique look at the role of new media in the 2010 Australian electoral process. We focus on a minor incident, the reported role of a 'word-cloud' in replacing a first-term prime minister with his deputy. We argue that the claimed role for this playful piece of media technology provides insight into wider flaws in political strategy. We explore this incident as an example of new digital technologies being assimilated into linear mindsets. Using the concept of virtual history, we then employ higher-end text mining software to explore the possibilities of incorporating new media data and analysis into a complexity framework that recognises non-linear, complex relationships in the new media and political environments.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 2 - Online movement mobilisation and electoral politics:
           The case of getup!

    • Abstract: Vromen, Ariadne; Coleman, William
      Understanding election campaigns is no longer limited to focusing only on traditional electoral players such as political parties. In recent years online campaigning organisations have featured in election campaigns as actors trying to persuade voters to mobilise around, mostly, progressive policy concerns. For example, MoveOn in the United States has been a notable actor generating citizen activism and support for the Democratic Party. In an era where citizen engagement in traditional political institutions is in decline, the emergence of these new forms of online participatory politics is distinctive. In Australia, organisations like GetUp! have become part of mainstream political debate, while also bringing a 'rapid response' social movement sensibility to citizen mobilisation during election campaigns. Using case study analysis, this article shows that GetUp! became one of the most prominent civil society organisations active during the Australian 2010 federal election campaign. Our argument is substantiated through focusing on GetUp!'s strategic repertoire and tactics, including its distinctive online approach to organising, communications, and mobilising members. Analysis of election-specific traditional media coverage of the organisation also reveals the political mainstreaming of its campaigning work.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 2 - Unscripted and unpredictable: Communication and
           connection in 'televised town halls', Australian federal election 2010

    • Abstract: Younane Brookes, Stephanie
      In the first half of 2010, Australian political and media commentators' predictions about the yet-tobe- announced federal election campaign were concerned with the emerging role of social networking, microblogging and other digital technologies. However, one of the most significant media developments of the campaign was the emergence of 'televised town halls', which combined elements of traditional face-to-face campaigning with broadcast and digital technology. This article undertakes an analysis of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's appearances at these media events: the ABC's Q and A, and News Limited's forums at Rooty Hill RSL and Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club. It argues that these forums, campaign events organised by media organisations for broadcast, privileged interactivity and authenticity to allow candidates to engage publicly with voters in a less stage-managed forum.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 2 - #Ausvotes: How twitter covered the 2010 Australian
           federal election

    • Abstract: Bruns, Axel; Burgess, Jean
      While the 2007 Australian federal election was notable for the use of social media by the Australian Labor Party in campaigning, the 2010 election took place in a media landscape in which social media-especially Twitter-had become much more embedded in both political journalism and independent political commentary. This article draws on the computer-aided analysis of election-related Twitter messages, collected under the #ausvotes hashtag, to describe the key patterns of activity and thematic foci of the election's coverage in this particular social media site. It introduces novel metrics for analysing public communication via Twitter, and describes the related methods. What emerges from this analysis is the role of the #ausvotes hashtag as a means of gathering an ad hoc 'issue public'-a finding which is likely to be replicated for other hashtag communities.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 2 - Pre and post-election 2010 online: What happened to
           the conversation'

    • Abstract: Macnamara, Jim
      Following the trend of election campaigns in the US in 2000, 2004, and particularly the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign and the 2010 UK election, Australians went to the polls in August 2010 in a media-hyped flurry of 'tweeting', YouTube videos, Facebook befriending and 'liking', blogging, and other social media activities. Research found that the volume of political communication through social media increased by more than 100 per cent in the 2010 Australian federal election compared with 2007. However, a question that has not been adequately explored is what happens with online political communication after the cacophony of electioneering fades away' Do the thousands of blogs, social networks, Twitter accounts, and photo and video sharing sites of politicians and political parties continue to seek citizen engagement, or do they fall silent once the prize of election has been won or lost' This article reports quantitative and qualitative content analysis of social media use by politicians during the 2010 federal election and analysis of Twitter use by the 10 most active social media users among Australian federal politicians in the 60 days immediately following the 21 August 2010 election to explore the extent to which social media are a permanent part of the mediated public sphere and, if so, how they are used outside election periods as well as during electioneering.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 2 - Comparing online elections in Australia and the UK:
           Did 2010 finally produce 'the' internet election'

    • Abstract: Gibson, Rachel; Cantijoch, Marta
      This article uses two unique data sources (mass and elite) to compare and evaluate the extent to which the 2010 national parliamentary elections that took place in Australia and the UK could be described as 'e-elections'. For over a decade commentators in both countries have heralded the arrival of the internet election. However, post-election commentary has tended to be rather scathing about parties' efforts and levels of voter engagement, and quick to conclude a failure to meet expectations. Here we utilise an e-campaign manager survey and public opinion data to re-assess this question, focusing particularly on the extent to which the web was considered an important voter communication tool and the extent to which voters responded to parties' appeals. Our results indicate that, although the e-election may not yet have arrived in either country, the importance attributed to digital media campaigning among parties and their supporters is striking. At the voter level, evidence of a higher engagement of women in Australia, and young people in both countries in the e-campaign, is seen as evidence that the new mode of electioneering may be reaching new sectors of the electorate, and thus carrying mobilising consequences.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 2 - Introduction to special issue on new media and
           election 2010

    • Abstract: Chen, Peter John; Vromen, Ariadne
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  • Volume 44 Issue 1 - Ordinary People and the Political Pull of Talkback

    • Abstract: Ewart, Jacqui
      Talkback radio in Australia has been identified as a space used by politicians to communicate with the public. The political power wielded by talkback radio programs and hosts has also been explored (Griffen-Foley, 2007; Faine, 2005; Ward, 2002). However, relatively little is known about how Australian audiences who listen to talkback radio receive and react to the political content and, more importantly, how these audiences use talkback to engage with politicians. This article explores these issues, with a focus on the latter theme, through the words of some of the people who listen to and call talkback radio programs in Australia. It examines the role played by talkback radio for these audiences in facilitating access to politicians and how some individuals use this access to achieve solutions to their problems and issues. To some extent, its findings counter existing research, which has positioned talkback radio as the tool of the politician, revealing that in some instances it can be a powerful tool for the citizen.

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  • Volume 44 Issue 1 - 'The Way of the World', Neo-Liberal Discourse, the
           Media and Fisher & Paykel's Offshore Relocation

    • Abstract: Jutel, Olivier
      In April of both 2007 and 2008, Fisher & Paykel an iconic New Zealand manufacturer, closed production facilities in East Tamaki and Mosgiel, with the loss of over 900 jobs, for offshore relocation. The departure of a nationally iconic company provides the ideal conditions for gauging the level of discursive supremacy neo-liberalism enjoys in the New Zealand media. What this article finds, however, is that far from having to defend itself, neo-liberal discourse in the New Zealand context is able to define the parameters of debate, monopolise definitional power and engage in radical re-conceptualisations of subjectivity and politics.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
  • Volume 44 Issue 1 - Bruce Petty Against the Rise of Market Rationalism

    • Abstract: Phiddian, Robert
      Bruce Petty has been a major cultural commentator on Australians and their place in the world since the 1950s, a fact a little disguised because he has worked in various graphic media, from political cartoons to animated movies. This article traces the arc of his critique of market rationalism as it developed between the late 1970s and the end of the twentieth century. It focuses on his work at the Melbourne Age and particularly his complex graphic novel 'The Absurd Machine' (1997).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
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