AUS07 Media and Politics

Session Chairs
Dr. Stephen Mills

Against a backdrop of relentless change, this session explores the shifting patterns of media activity and their complex and disruptive implications for political actors and institutions. Media technologies and practices are in a state of almost constant evolution and diversification; once-unassailable mainstream media institutions are fragmenting and being marginalised; news vies with entertainment and 'fake' news. Modes and norms of political expression, participation, mobilization, competition, organization, policy making and leadership have been transformed, with consequences that are potentially benign (such as the opening up of opportunities for digital innovation and inclusiveness) or pathological (disengagement, polarization, populism). Papers are welcome that address any of these issues; recognizing that this environment of change also presents challenges and opportunities to scholarly research itself, the session welcomes contributions with qualitative, quantitative or mixed methodologies.