[csaa-forum] Burgess/'Flickr vs YouTube'/UNSW Thurs 18/9

Gerard Goggin g.goggin at unsw.edu.au
Thu Sep 11 16:07:31 CST 2008

'Flickr vs YouTube: Competing Models of Participatory Culture'
Dr Jean Burgess, Queensland University of Technology.
4-6pm, Thursday 18 September
Goodsell Building, Room 127

University of New South Wales
Presented by Journalism and Media Research Centre
Whether celebratory or critical, too much scholarly discussion of 'Web 2.0'
and participatory culture fails to fully engage with the specificity of the
branded online communities where it happens. In this presentation Jean
Burgess compares two such spaces -- Flickr and YouTube. Both of them are
highly popular commercial platforms for user-created content, but they have
very different business models, user communities, and aesthetic and social
norms. Through this comparison Burgess demonstrates the importance and
methodological challenges of treating particular branded spaces as research
objects. She argues that an understanding of their specificity and
complexity is essential to understanding the competing futures of
participatory culture.

All welcome -- refreshments served


About the Journalism and Media Centre
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of Arts and Social Sciences. It undertakes research of high quality and
impact across the fields of journalism, communication, and media and makes a
significant contribution to public debate and policy. It will offer
rigorous, relevant and excellent education for postgraduate coursework and
research students.

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Forthcoming seminars ...
Run for Cover: A Media Ethnography of Young Men, Sex, Sexuality
and the Media
Dr Clifton Evers, Post-doctoral fellow, Journalism and Media Research
Centre, UNSW
4-6pm Thursday 2 October
Goodsell Building, Room 127
How does popular media consumption by young Australian men (aged 12-17)
influence their sexual identities and sexual practices, and how do these
young men engage with popular media representations of sex and sexuality?
How do young men respond to the moral panics around their use of media? In
this presentation Clifton Evers will explain the creative media ethnography
he is undertaking to understand the relationships between representations in
popular media, sex, and sexuality and the lived bodies and emotional lives
of young men today.
The Fantasy of the iPhone and Other Adventures in Mobile Media
Professor Gerard Goggin
4-6pm,Thursday 16 October
Goodsell Building, Room 127
In this paper I look at the rise of the mobile phone, and other forms of
mobile and online media - and consider their implications for contemporary
media and culture, especially the dynamics, forms, and politics of
Australian culture. My starting point is the Apple iPhone, and the rapturous
reception it has received in North America, Europe, and now in Australia.
There is a widespread view that the iPhone represents the future of mobiles.
In this paper, I argue that this is actually better understood as a fantasy
- but that such a dream tells us some important things about mobile
platforms, what their possibilities are, and what we need to do urgently to
see such things come about.
The SBS Story - the challenge of diversity.
Professor Gay Hawkins, Professor of Media and Social Theory, UNSW
4-6pm, Thursday 30 October
Goodsell Building, Room 127
This paper presents the main findings of a major study into the history and
impacts of SBS done by Ien Ang, Gay Hawkins and Lamia Dabboussy and to
published as the book 'The SBS Story - the challenge of diversity' in
November 2008. In contrast to much of the current critique of SBS, which
accuses SBS of selling out its multicultural charter and going more popular
and commercial, we investigate the history of these shifts and their complex
rationales. Detailed research on the challenges of diversity within SBS
shows that three different forms of multiculturalism are in play within the
organisation: ethno-multiculturalism, popular multiculturalism and
cosmopolitan multiculturalism. Each of these approaches involve different
programming and audience development strategies and each involve a distinct
politics of difference. Managing the relations between them as well as a
commitment to deepening and diversifying public culture remains the central
challenge at SBS.

Gerard Goggin
Professor of Digital Communication 
& Deputy Director
Journalism and Media Research Centre
University of New South Wales
Sydney 2052 NSW Australia
e: g.goggin at unsw.edu.au
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