Australian Politics in a Digital Age by Peter John Chen

By Peter John Chen

Info and communications applied sciences are more and more vital within the Australian political panorama. From the adoption of recent sorts of electoral campaigning to using networking know-how to organise social pursuits, media know-how has the capability to transform the best way politics is carried out and skilled during this state. the 1st complete quantity at the influence of electronic media on Australian politics, this booklet examines the way in which those applied sciences form political verbal exchange, adjust key private and non-private associations, and function the hot area during which discursive and expressive political existence is played. applying various theoretical views, empirical info, and case examples, the booklet presents insights on political behaviour of Australia’s elites, in addition to the more and more vital politics of mirco-activism and social media. vigorous and fast paced, the booklet attracts jointly a variety of Australian and overseas scholarship at the interface among communications expertise and politics. Crossing a number of genres, the ebook will discover a extensive viewers among students of either politics and conversation, between public kinfolk execs, and with contributors of the media themselves.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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In our system of government, elections serve a wide variety of perceived functions. Under the representative form of decision-making they have a strict legal role in determining who gets to form part of the assembly of legislators and cast votes in the place of members of the public. The traditional justification for this is it serves to free individuals from the onerous labour of directly legislating (Kornberg and Clarke, 1992: 176). Thinking of political systems as information systems, elections are also ‘focusing events’ (Kingdon, 1984: 98), which draw attention to policy issues and the institutional mechanisms and actors able to address them — this is an agenda-setting view.

One is social. The shift towards celebrity culture places increased power in the hands of individuals with personal branding. Darrell West and John Orman see the rise of televisual culture as encouraging the expansion of everyday celebrity and the blending of different, once-distinct realms of social and professional life (2003: 14). g. g. g. g. Pauline Hanson). In political terms, the rise of celebrity culture can serve to provide individuals with the valuable assets of personal constituencies and ready access to mainstream media.

From the creation of new forms of political social movements to alterations to the political economy of existing media institutions, the reconfiguration of the fields of power that lie in the elite sphere of Australian politics needs careful consideration in a country that tends to rely on topdown mobilisation. • The final chapter, Chapter 7, looks at the impacts of new technologies on the public sector, still the largest single-industry segment in this nation. This chapter considers not just the use of digital media tools for participation and inclusion, but also the way new technologies have shaped government services and functions.

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