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Oxford University Press, USA
Media and Politics: An Introduction

Media and Politics: An Introduction


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Media and Politics is an all-inclusive introduction to the politics of the Australian media, written in a readable and engaging style, with many real-life examples throughout. It analyses the effect that Australia's liberal democratic tradition has on the operation and structure of the media, and in turn, the effect of the media on politics.

About the Author:
Wayne Errington is an Associate Lecturer at Australian National University

About the Author:
Narelle Miragliotta is a Lecturer at Monash University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195558340
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 11/04/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Wayne Errington is Associate Lecturer, The Australian National University with research and teaching interests in Australian politics; democracy and democratic theory; political leadership and communitcation. He is currently completing a biography of John Howard, with Peter van Onselen at ECU.
Narelle Miragliotta is Lecturer, University of Western Australia. Her research interests include Australian elections, electoral systems and green parties.

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
The Liberal Democratic Tradition and Australia's Media: An Introduction     1
What is media?     2
Liberal democracy and the development of the media     4
An Overview of the Australian Media: The Actors, Institutions and Processes     17
The audience     18
The media proprietors     22
The regulators: the government     27
The machinery of regulation     30
Debates and controversies: the future of regulation-convergence and deregulation     35
The Public and Media: Couch Potatoes or Rational Consumers?     40
The who and why of media effects     42
The size of media effects: powerful or mediated?     46
Mediating conditions model     51
The News Media in Action: Pawn, Villain or Saint?     60
Australian journalism: from trade to profession     63
Regulation of Australian journalists: self-regulation or bust     65
Constraints on journalists     68
Debates and controversies: declining levels of public trust     74
The Politics of Spin     80
Government and the media: a changing relationship     82
Building the PR State     87
Debates and controversies     90
The Permanent Campaign     100
Politics for professionals     101
Changing campaign techniques in Australia     102
The advantages of incumbency     105
Debates and controversies     109
The Proscription and Prescription of Media Content     119
Evolution of Australia's censorship regime     121
Prescribing content     124
Institutional and legal framework of content regulation     127
Debates and controversy: from the morality test to the reasonable adult test     133
New Developments in Media Ownership     139
The diversity principle     139
Moguls, mates and ministers     142
The evolution of media ownership law in Australia     147
Cross-media laws     148
Debates and controversies     151
Public Broadcasting: Wither the ABC and SBS?     160
What is publicly owned broadcasting?     162
A brief history of public broadcasting in Australia     163
The anatomy of Australia's public broadcasters: the ABC and SBS up close     165
Debates and controversies     171
New Media and the Prospects for Democracy     182
New media: 'no centre, no gatekeeper, no margins'      182
Empowering the individual     186
A global village     189
Debates and controversies     191
Global Politics, Global Media     202
The CNN effect     202
The first casualty     207
Debates and controversies     211
Glossary     221
References     231
Index     245

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