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.
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.
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