Respected commentator Trevor Barr tells the story behind the exponential growth of media and information technology
What is really happening in communications today? The Internet has emerged out of nowhere, television channels and newspapers struggle to get our attention, Telstra has become the star of the stock market and digital television is on the horizon. Almost every aspect of our lives has been infiltrated by communications.
newmedia.com.au offers a rare understanding of the big picture. Australia's media, information technology and telecommunications are in a state of unprecedented change. Established players and industries have re-invented themselves and new power brokers have appeared from unexpected quarters. Yet what is driving these changes? Whose interests are served? And who benefits?
Trevor Barr explores the radical changes in contemporary communications: the convergence of 'old media' with 'new media,' the role of communications in globalisation, and the social dilemmas associated with new communications technology. He argues that it is vital that we prepare for the future, individually and collectively, within this new international communications order.
Trevor Barr is Professor of Media and Telecommunications at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He is the author of The Electronic Estate ( Penguin Books, 1985), and a highly regarded national commentator. The Sydney Morning Herald chose him as one of Australia's most influential thinkers about major future issues facing Australia.
Media & communication studies
Table Of Contents:
1 Prelude: Australia's Communications Environment
Old Media, New Communications
2 Forces For Change: Making Sense of New Media
The Global Electronic Casina
3 Hitchhiker's Guide to Australia's Communications Industry
Major Media: The Commercial Club
3Cs: Change, Choice and Competition in Telecommunications
IT: Oz As A Technological Client State
A Convergent Communications Industry
4 Shifting Sandss: The Public Sphere
Identity Revisited: Public Broadcasting
Regulatory Watch Dogs
Convergence: New Rules for New Times
5 Being Human: Cultural Contexts
Paradox of Plenty
Paradox of Equity
Paradox of Users
Paradox of Rights
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