Through the eyes of the media – or a paedophile?

The current debate surrounding the sexualisation of children in the media arises from a range of aspects, from exposing children to sexual content to providing a highly sexualised celebrity culture to which children idolise, yet what particularly interests me is the idea that children are now behaving in a way that is perceived to be … More Through the eyes of the media – or a paedophile?

Australian Media Regulation: Convergence or Consolidation?

Yesterday, the Convergence Review Committee released a report proposing various changes to the current operation of Australian media and communications regulation. This committee, established in early 2011 in response to the rapidly changing media landscape, attempts to assess the effectiveness of current policies and frameworks in light of a ‘convergent era’ (Convergence Review Committee, 2012) . When first … More Australian Media Regulation: Convergence or Consolidation?

Democracy or Blog-ocracy?

The concept of ‘Journalism’, once used to describe a “structured and organised mode of public communication” (Quandt 2011), has changed greatly in recent years due to the increasing participation of online users in generating content. The introduction of new ubiquitous tools and digital mobile technologies has made it possible for anyone to publish and report … More Democracy or Blog-ocracy?