This show casts a critical eye on the myriad ways in which we communicate with each other in our increasingly interconnected, multi-media platform world. Each week we mix down the who, the what, the where, and the how of particular communication events, messages, trends and technologies, and then consider: what impacts and what consequences?
Media covid information: who do you trust?
The global pandemic has raised pressing questions about trustworthy health information, and journalism is postioned to play a significant role. Citing the results of research done in Australia and the Unitied States, Andrea Carson from the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University explains how the covid crisis provides a critical moment from which to examine trust in professional journalism.
Unmasking the Racial Contract, with Dr Debbie Bargallie
Dr Debbie Bargallie discusses her new book Unmasking the Racial Contract: Indigenous Voices on Racism in the Australian Public Service. Based on the PhD Bargallie completed at Queensland University of Technology after taking a voluntary redundancy from the APS in 2013, it uses interviews with 21 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who work in the APS or have previously done so, to highlight the exclusion of First Nations employees from its upper echelons. Now based at Griffith University, Dr Bargallie explains what the racial contract is and how we all need more racial literacy if we are to tackle structural racism.
Covid and the spread of conspiracy theories
Early in the year the World Health Organization warned that we were battling not just a pandemic but an "infodemic". Robin Canniford from the Department of Management and Marketing at Melbourne University talks with Zac Shapiro about how this infodemic has manifested itself in the proliferation of digitally driven conspiracy theories.
Mask wearing, fashion, communication
Mask wearing has become a normalized part of the covid crisis. Fashion historian Lydia Edwards from Edith Cowan University talks about various manifestations of facial covering and mask wearing in western culture, and how these have plugged into circuits of fashion and communication.
What does class mean in contemporary Australia?
One of Australia’s national myths is that we are an egalitarian country where class is of marginal, if any, importance. Yet during election campaigns, policies that attempt to redistribute wealth are shot down as being part of a class war. And more significantly, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted that maybe we aren’t as equal a society as we would like to imagine. So, what does class mean in contemporary Australia? Demographer and social researcher Dr Liz Allen from ANU, Emma Dawson, executive director of Per Capita and Dr Elizabeth Humphrys, a political economist at UTS discuss different aspects of class and inequality in Australia today.
Cybernetic capitalism: Google's digital empire
"I'll just Google it". How many times a day has this refrain been uttered by someone struggling to find the answer to a question? Timothy Eric Strom, researcher and writer on global political economy, looks at the power of Google to enter our everyday lives and translate that power into profit-making and personal surveillance.