By Peter John Chen
Info and communications applied sciences are more and more vital within the Australian political panorama. From the adoption of recent kinds of electoral campaigning to using networking know-how to organise social routine, media expertise has the capability to transform the best way politics is carried out and skilled during this nation. the 1st accomplished quantity at the influence of electronic media on Australian politics, this booklet examines the way in which those applied sciences form political communique, modify key private and non-private associations, and function the recent enviornment within which discursive and expressive political existence is played. making use of a number of theoretical views, empirical facts, and case examples, the publication presents insights on political behaviour of Australia’s elites, in addition to the more and more vital politics of mirco-activism and social media. vigorous and fast moving, the booklet attracts jointly a variety of Australian and foreign scholarship at the interface among communications expertise and politics. Crossing numerous genres, the booklet will discover a vast viewers among students of either politics and communique, between public family pros, and with contributors of the media themselves.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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This is illustrated in Figure 2. Drawn from election studies undertaken by The Australian National University, we can see that, while Australians’ have an increasing level of satisfaction with our democratic system of political 2 Walter Benjamin (1936) would argue that this leads to a more ready and easy criticism of political elites: ‘The audience’s identification with the actor is really an identification with the camera’. /AlboMP/status/102604447611494400 21 Australian Politics in a Digital Age organisation, they are far less enamoured with the individuals who actually work within it (logarithmic trendline).
Political leaders are wont to talk about mandates when they have them, making decisions irrespective of election agendas when the need arises, and few are ever keen to discuss the dramaturgy of elections when in office (for rare examples of this, see Tanner (2011) and Latham (2005)). 17 Australian Politics in a Digital Age impact to identify with certainty. To examine these impacts, this chapter looks at the popular debates around the use of digital media and election campaigns, the adoption and use of technology by political parties, candidates and civil society groups, and then draws together these observations to illustrate the impacts of technology on the process of elections in Australia today.
19 The inclusion of e-commerce options on the candidate site would be indicative of a higher level of technical sophistication. 20 Individual volunteers, however, tend to be directed to the candidate’s campaign. 37 Australian Politics in a Digital Age Figure 6: Candidates’ website functionality in the 2010 federal election Source: Author’s research Figure 7: Candidates’ use of websites, federal elections 2004, 2007, and 2010 Source: Author’s research What is worth noting in Figure 7 is that the uptake of personal campaign websites by candidates from parties who are most likely to have electoral success has plateaued and even declined in the 2010 federal election.
Australian Politics in a Digital Age by Peter John Chen