This is Volume 12 Issue 1 2018 and our only edition for 2018. We are pleased to have worked with a great group of writers and guest editors for this special issue on a topic that emerged from a seminar held at Western Sydney University. I attended that seminar and was impressed with the range and quality of the papers. Karen Soldatic and I met subsequently to discuss a possible publication and, as they say, the rest is history. The issue reflects and builds on that original meeting and in this way affords insight into the service regimes related to the First Peoples of Australia with some comparative work included on the First Nations of Canada and Scandinavia.
I am delighted to commend this issue as it has been an honour to work with Karen and her team in bringing these ideas to print. Special thanks go to all the contributors and reviewers for this issue. Thanks to Myra Gurney for her copyediting work, Antonio Castillo for his work on book reviews, and to Roman Goik for his production of this issue.
Western Sydney University
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, Murdoch University
ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Editorial Reflections on Indigenous Economic Practices of Contestation, Resistance and Wellbeing. The right to economic development has become a core area of international human rights debate (Balakrishnan, Heintz & Elson, 2016). It is often argued that economic development is vital for the full realisation of human freedom and should be a core criterion on which to judge our capacity to produce outcomes for valuable human ends (Sen, 1999). Economic development, its potential to eradicate extreme forms of poverty alongside its generative capacity to promote human flourishing, is now integrated into the normative framework of human wellbeing (UNDP, 2015), culminating in global instruments such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Human Development Index. Economic development is also posited to be a vehicle for achieving self-determination among Indigenous peoples (e.g. Alfred, 2009; Loomis, 2000). Indeed, the United Nations lists the right to the ...more
The Australian edition of Global Media Journal invites the submission of essays and research reports that focus on any aspects in the field of Communication, Media and Journalism. We are particularly interested in articles that explore some of the following themes:
- Media and Democracy
- Children and Media
- Grassroots and alternative media
- Media Law and Ethics
- Civic Journalism
- Peace Communication
- Ethnicity and the media
- Political economy of communication
- Film and Media
- Media Audiences
- Media Policies
- Media, Citizenship and Democracy
- Communication and Cultures in Conflict
- Theories of Communication
- Media and Globalisation
Australian Media Monitor
How is Media Diversity Tracking in Australia?
Tim Dwyer – University of Sydney
In the media pluralism policies of liberal nation states, access to diverse news sources is widely regarded as key to the maintenance of an informed citizenry and healthy democracy. This assumption, and its relation to the risks of concentrated media power, underpins media diversity and media pluralism – or anti-concentration – laws and policy across the world.
Yet the evolving mix of curated (human or machine edited) and algorithmic (computer-generated) news, is stretching our understanding of media pluralism. The implications of these shifts are having a profound impact on our news diets. A combination of factors including network infrastructure, recommendation algorithms and personalisation, strong and weak ties in social networks (and related ideas of ‘filter bubbles and echo chambers’), all may have an impact on how people discover or access news, how deeply they engage with it, and then how it shapes knowledge.
With the near ubiquity of internet access, and ‘smartphonification’, there’s a utopian neoliberal narrative, frequently heard in the rhetoric of both industry professionals and politicians, that online news (and it’s often paired with ‘sharing’) is somehow now capable of providing a more democratic, and therefore more relevant, form of news dissemination than the kind previously provided by legacy media. This claim needs to be assessed in relation to enduring ideas of media diversity and pluralism....more
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