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.
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.
Paul Strangio at the Australian Senate Occasional Lecture Series
Social Science’s Associate Professor Paul Strangio will be giving a lecture in Canberra this week as part of the Australian Senate Occasional Lecture Series entitled “The Australian Prime Ministership–Origins and Evolution“.
2016 Fay Gale Lecture
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, in conjunction with Monash University, is pleased to present the Academy’s 2016 Fay Gale Lecture: “Invisible and Dying: Women Crossing Borders in South East Asia”. Presented by Professor Sharon Pickering, Monash University
Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett welcomed to the Victorian Government Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC)
Helen will help build this interdisciplinary Community of Practice (COP) and participate in research, policy and program development, and enhance the dialogue around social cohesion, multiculturalism, community resilience and preventing violent extremism.
Social Sciences grad Lucie Cadzow heads to Oxford on Clarendon Scholarship
A Monash Social Sciences graduate has won a scholarship to study at the University of … Continue reading Social Sciences grad Lucie Cadzow heads to Oxford on Clarendon Scholarship
Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention
In 2015, the Andrews Labor Government announced a Royal Commission Into Family Violence. Headed by … Continue reading Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention
IR’s Dr Maria Rost Rublee presents to Engineers Australia Panel
Dr Maria Rost Rublee (International Relations) recently presented to the Engineers Australia Nuclear Engineering Panel on … Continue reading IR’s Dr Maria Rost Rublee presents to Engineers Australia Panel
Dr Remy Davison meets with Italian Chief Economic Advisor Dr Filippo Taddei
The School of Social Sciences’ Dr. Remy Davison met recently with a senior Italian government … Continue reading Dr Remy Davison meets with Italian Chief Economic Advisor Dr Filippo Taddei
Crocodiles in the Timor Sea: development and socio-economic implications of the maritime resources dispute
Tuesday 16 February, State Library of Victoria This public seminar was hosted by the Anthropology … Continue reading Crocodiles in the Timor Sea: development and socio-economic implications of the maritime resources dispute
Defence and Security in the real world: Monash students attend ADFA Conference
Five Monash undergraduate students were selected to participate in the 2015 Security and Strategy undergraduate … Continue reading Defence and Security in the real world: Monash students attend ADFA Conference
Monash Arts undergraduate showcases her work at ACUR
Monash Social Sciences student, Magdalena Janas, was selected to be the Faculty of Arts’ representative … Continue reading Monash Arts undergraduate showcases her work at ACUR
UN support for Social Science research
On 14 October, 2015 the Australian ambassador, H. E. Gillan Bird, made her statement to … Continue reading UN support for Social Science research