Current volume of the Communication, Politics & Culture Journal
Volume 49 (2016) Issue 2
I need not remind readers that the revolution in communications technology has radically altered the scope of approaches to communication in its intersection with politics and culture. A glance at a wide range of academic publications tells us that contemporary research now seeks to answer questions about the role of technology in structuring human relations and about their political manifestations, amongst other issues. Profound social changes of the last decades, including the proliferating use of social media accompanied by the rise of the mediated self, globalisation, and the increasing power of neo-liberal ideology, have precipitated changes and transformed studies of communication. One significant shift in focus that would be wholly expected in a journal dealing with contemporary issues in communication, politics and culture has been the number of submissions dealing with digital communication technologies. The articles in Volume 49, Issue 2 are all generally located in the context of technology, politics and identity.
Vale Dr Peter Williams (PDF 30 KB)
Peter Williams was an Editorial Board member (and later Advisory Board member) of Southern Review, which became Communication, Politics & Culture.
Despite blindness from the late 1990s, Peter continued to teach until November 2014, and was an active researcher until his death, co-writing a book on media and the government of populations (Palgrave, forthcoming).
Caught in the web: Male Goths using online ICTs to transcend rural reality (PDF 108 KB)
Angela Ragusa and Olivia Ward
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Post-Yugoslav cinema: Towards a cosmopolitan imagining, by Dino Murtic, (2015) (PDF 53 KB)
Reviewed by Hariz Halilovich
The Australian Greens: From activism to Australia’s third party, by Stewart Jackson, (2016) (PDF 20 KB)
Reviewed by Geoff Robinson