The problems of social transformation and inclusiveness are not just national and international social problems they are media communications problems. The widening gap between rich and poor has an obvious communications dimension. The uneven and often skewed benefits of globalization are evident in the geographies of the information rich and the information poor, of those who are media endowed and not so endowed. Our rapidly changing communications environment is radically changing its settings and is having significant consequences for social inclusion and positive transformation, and social exclusion and dislocation. Exploring the social and political consequences of these changes requires recognizing a fundamental paradox. Our basic forms of paying for media communications are stable but the ends and instruments they are attached to are unstable. Yes advertiser-supported media still sustain audience markets; consumers still pay for media underwriting content markets; hybrids of audience and content markets still deliver diverse sorts of media; and public funding, whether governmental or philanthropic, remains an important means to deliver what commercial dynamics cannot or will not deliver. But in an era of connectivity these basic forms are mutating sometimes beyond recognition. They are now attached to quite different media, priorities and ends. Newer media platforms and services are recalibrating our very understanding of ‘what is a medium?’ producing both new regimes of knowledge about and uses for the media which are increasingly challenging our earlier ones. This makes assessments of the social and political significance of these changes all the more urgent. I will conclude with some remarks about what I see as the difficulties these communications changes pose generally and specifically in local national contexts for securing social transformation and inclusiveness. 

 

Tom O’Regan is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Acting Head of School, School of Communication and Arts at the University of Qld. The research for this paper grows out of his research on Media Transformations and his collaboration with Dr Anna Potter (University of the Sunshine Coast and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Communication and Arts) on media companies and Globalisation. 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Unless otherwise advertised, the seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in the Digital Learning Space (Room 224) in the Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37).

Semester 1, 2019 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 1 March
3pm-4pm

Honours Welcome

Level 6, Michie Building (#9)

 

Friday, 8 March
3pm-4pm

The Media, Populism, and Polarization in the German Context

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Bernhard Goodwin (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) 

Friday, 22 March
4:30pm

Roundtable: On New Dramaturgy

Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14)

Katalin Trencsényi (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)
Bernadette Cochrane
Kathryn Kelly (QUT)
Stephen Carleton

Friday, 29 March
3-4 pm

Storifying Science: Translating Environment through Ecobiography

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Jessica White
Friday, 12 April
12noon-1:00pm

CSC Exchange

Participatory methods to understand decision-making processes of Filipino rice farmers in the face of climate change

Room 208
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Jaime A. Manalo IV 
Research specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)

Centre for Communication and Social Change
https://www.uq.edu.au/ccsc/

Friday, 12 April
3-4pm

Streaming, disruption and the evolving cultures of use

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner

Friday, 26 April
3-4pm

Journalism by Numbers: What the Census Tells us about Journalists and Journalism since the 1960s

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Prof Tom O'Regan and Catherine Young

Friday, 3 May
3-4pm

The Pedagogy of Listening / Listening to people in the age of investment thinking

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Linje Manyozo (RMIT)

Friday, 10 May
3-4pm

The Sweden of the South: Australia's Eurovision Love Affair

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Chris Hay
Friday, 17 May
4-7pm

Visual Disturbances: An Essay Film

Room214, Otto Hirschfeld Building

Dr Eric Faden (Bucknell University, USA)
Friday, 17 May
3-4pm

Workshop: Tips and insights on applying for non-ARC funding

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

A/Prof Kelly Fielding
Friday, 24 May
3-4pm

Transferring Below-the-line Skillsets Across Creative Indisutries in Early Television

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Alex Bevan