The changing face of Australia's media and communications

Trevor Barr
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Respected commentator Trevor Barr tells the story behind the exponential growth of media and information technology

What is really happening in communications today? The Internet has emerged out of nowhere, television channels and newspapers struggle to get our attention, Telstra has become the star of the stock market and digital television is on the horizon. Almost every aspect of our lives has been infiltrated by communications. offers a rare understanding of the big picture. Australia's media, information technology and telecommunications are in a state of unprecedented change. Established players and industries have re-invented themselves and new power brokers have appeared from unexpected quarters. Yet what is driving these changes? Whose interests are served? And who benefits?

Trevor Barr explores the radical changes in contemporary communications: the convergence of 'old media' with 'new media,' the role of communications in globalisation, and the social dilemmas associated with new communications technology. He argues that it is vital that we prepare for the future, individually and collectively, within this new international communications order.

Author bio:

Trevor Barr is Professor of Media and Telecommunications at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He is the author of The Electronic Estate ( Penguin Books, 1985), and a highly regarded national commentator. The Sydney Morning Herald chose him as one of Australia's most influential thinkers about major future issues facing Australia.

Category: Media & communication studies
ISBN: 9781865080499
Table Of Contents: 1 Prelude: Australia's Communications Environment

Old Media, New Communications

2 Forces For Change: Making Sense of New Media

Becoming Digital

The Global Electronic Casina

3 Hitchhiker's Guide to Australia's Communications Industry

Major Media: The Commercial Club

3Cs: Change, Choice and Competition in Telecommunications

IT: Oz As A Technological Client State

A Convergent Communications Industry

4 Shifting Sandss: The Public Sphere

Identity Revisited: Public Broadcasting

Regulatory Watch Dogs

Convergence: New Rules for New Times

5 Being Human: Cultural Contexts

Paradox of Plenty

Paradox of Equity

Paradox of Users

Paradox of Rights
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: February 2000
Page Extent: 280
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Media studies