This paper examines the analytical utility of the concept of ‘network society’ for an understanding of the media politics of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The convergence of mass media and the global web of horizontal communication networks have opened up new opportunities for the environmental movement to assert its own agendas. Who gains media access, why and how, raises key questions about power relations in society and the nature of news production. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is widely regarded as a classic public relations disaster from the point of view of BP, which was initially highly reactive, slow to use social media, and made numerous communication gaffes. By contrast environmental activists mobilized faster and attempted to dramatically subvert BP’s messages through the mediums of Facebook and Twitter. However, this paper argues that while many environmental groups gained enhanced visibility, rarely do established structures of media and political power become fundamentally challenged. This raises important questions about the changing nature of environmental journalism and the ways in which industry is responding.
- Monash Anthropology hosts ‘Solo, Solitude’ at ACMI & a conversation with filmmakers
Dr Steven Zech selected as a recipient of the Terrorism Research Initiative award
Monash Arts Dr Steven T. Zech, from the School of Social Sciences, was recently selected … Continue reading Dr Steven Zech selected as a recipient of the Terrorism Research Initiative award
The Horrible Mess of Climate Change Politics: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?
Monash Arts School of Social Sciences proudly presents the annual Department of Human Geography Public Lecture. Responding adequately to scientists’ warnings about global warming has seemed to be impossible for Australia’s political system. Globally, business is now ahead of government. In this lecture, Clive Hamilton, a participant in the public debate over climate science and policy for more than 20 years, will map some of its major stages.
What can we learn from Brexit about democracy and international negotiations?
Presented by Professor Robert Thomson. The United Kingdom’s momentous decision to leave the European Union … Continue reading What can we learn from Brexit about democracy and international negotiations?
Sustainable Futures and the importance of Gender
The 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals identify gender equality as a key goal for sustainable futures. This panel of experts examines the importance of gender, globally, nationally and locally, as we develop social and political structures to achieve long term sustainability.
Public lecture: Paul Strangio reflects on Federal Parliament’s Melbourne years
Professor Paul Strangio from Monash University will present a free public lecture on the significance of the first Australian federal parliamentary sittings in Melbourne over a quarter of a century ago.
Testing times: new research project looks at expectations in healthcare testing
Australians have high expectations of tests in healthcare. But are they higher than warranted? And are they impacting on healthcare expenditure?
Monash mental health research contributes to major Victorian parliamentary report
For people with severe mental health problems, it’s hard enough just to get through some day, without having to make decisions about their own medical treatment, finances and housing … right? Actually the opposite is true.
Beyond the gig economy: opportunities to organise, collaborate and develop new responses to insecure work
Date/Time: Thu 24 Nov / 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Location: Father Tucker’s Room Brotherhood … Continue reading Beyond the gig economy: opportunities to organise, collaborate and develop new responses to insecure work
Emeritus Professor Jim Walter
Professor Jim Walter’s transition to Emeritus Professor was celebrated at a dinner in early October … Continue reading Emeritus Professor Jim Walter
ATS3836 Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program
Applications for ATS3836 Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program first semester 2017 open on Monday 10 October … Continue reading ATS3836 Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program
2016 Postgraduate Publication Prize
The 2016 Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Publication Prize has been awarded to Dr Ben Rich and Ms. Dara Conduit from the Social and Political Science HDR program.