The role of Australia's public broadcasters in development and democracy

Cinque, Toija 2008, The role of Australia's public broadcasters in development and democracy, in WIA 2008 : Transition and Interchange : Proceedings of the International Women in Asia 2008 conference, [University of Queensland], [Brisbane, Qld.].

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Title The role of Australia's public broadcasters in development and democracy
Author(s) Cinque, ToijaORCID iD for Cinque, Toija
Conference name International Women in Asia. Conference (9th : 2008 : Brisbane, Qld.)
Conference location Brisbane, Qld.
Conference dates 29 Sep. -1 Oct. 2008
Title of proceedings WIA 2008 : Transition and Interchange : Proceedings of the International Women in Asia 2008 conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2008
Conference series International Women in Asia Conference
Publisher [University of Queensland]
Place of publication [Brisbane, Qld.]
Keyword(s) public broadcasting
online participation
democratic participation
Summary In this article I investigate the ways in which the ABC and SBS use the internet. I predominantly focus on how the public broadcasters’ promote an informed citizenry though participation online. Such online participation further develops a second vital role of public broadcasting which is to develop a sense of nationhood—through Australian content (which can include information and communication in languages other than English) and which provides for local and international communities in rural and metropolitan areas to engage with each other. In order to understand the capacity for the public broadcasters to enhance online public communication and democratic participation, I firstly examine general internet theory and evaluate how liberating the internet has been for those living in countries where the state and political alliances control traditional broadcast and print media. For this analysis, the key aspects of virtual communication and cyber-democracy are explored as they are relevant to the services the public broadcasters could provide. Furthermore, case examples of current practical work undertaken in these areas are examined. The framework of the ‘virtual agora’ is considered because it represents the ideals of a public sphere in cyberspace where people are currently able to discuss and debate key issues. The theory is then related to activities undertaken through the ‘vortals’ of the ABC and SBS. Finally, the extent of political intervention and commercial influence is evaluated.
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Language eng
Field of Research 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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