Indigenous voices and mediatized policy-making in the digital age

Tanja Dreher, Kerry MCCALLUM, Lisa Waller

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

This article explores the potential of emerging digital cultures for Indigenous participation in policy debates in the rapidly changing Australian media landscape. From the Zapatista’s ‘netwar’ to the ‘hashtag activism’ of IdleNoMore, Indigenous people have pioneered innovative uses of digital media for global connectivity and contestation. Digital and social media open up unprecedented opportunities for voice, and, in theory, participation in decision-making. But there is limited understanding about how Indigenous voices are heard at times of major policy reform, and whether increased participation in digital media necessarily leads to increased democratic participation. Leading Indigenous commentators in Australia suggest an inability of governments and other influential players to listen sits at the heart of the failure of Indigenous policy. This article presents two contemporary Australian case studies that showcase Indigenous participatory media response to government policy initiatives: first, the diverse reaction in social media to the government-sponsored campaign for constitutional reform to acknowledge Australia’s First Peoples, branded as Recognise and second, the social media-driven movement #sosblakaustralia, protesting against the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities. This article brings together theories of political participation, media change and listening to ask whether key democratic institutions, including the mainstream news media and political decision-makers, can engage with the proliferation of Indigenous voices enabled by participatory media. We argue that while the digital media environment allows diverse Indigenous voices to be represented, recent scholarship on participation and listening extends the analysis to ask which voices are heard as politics is increasingly mediatized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-39
Number of pages17
JournalInformation, Communication and Society
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Fingerprint

digital media
Digital storage
social media
participation
constitutional reform
political decision
reform policy
political participation
proliferation
government policy
decision maker
news
campaign
Decision making
decision making
politics
community

Cite this

@article{5a08ec91ab88495db25c1f5498fb473c,
title = "Indigenous voices and mediatized policy-making in the digital age",
abstract = "This article explores the potential of emerging digital cultures for Indigenous participation in policy debates in the rapidly changing Australian media landscape. From the Zapatista’s ‘netwar’ to the ‘hashtag activism’ of IdleNoMore, Indigenous people have pioneered innovative uses of digital media for global connectivity and contestation. Digital and social media open up unprecedented opportunities for voice, and, in theory, participation in decision-making. But there is limited understanding about how Indigenous voices are heard at times of major policy reform, and whether increased participation in digital media necessarily leads to increased democratic participation. Leading Indigenous commentators in Australia suggest an inability of governments and other influential players to listen sits at the heart of the failure of Indigenous policy. This article presents two contemporary Australian case studies that showcase Indigenous participatory media response to government policy initiatives: first, the diverse reaction in social media to the government-sponsored campaign for constitutional reform to acknowledge Australia’s First Peoples, branded as Recognise and second, the social media-driven movement #sosblakaustralia, protesting against the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities. This article brings together theories of political participation, media change and listening to ask whether key democratic institutions, including the mainstream news media and political decision-makers, can engage with the proliferation of Indigenous voices enabled by participatory media. We argue that while the digital media environment allows diverse Indigenous voices to be represented, recent scholarship on participation and listening extends the analysis to ask which voices are heard as politics is increasingly mediatized.",
keywords = "Indigenous media, listening, participation, mediatization, participatory media, social media campaigns",
author = "Tanja Dreher and Kerry MCCALLUM and Lisa Waller",
year = "2016",
doi = "10.1080/1369118X.2015.1093534",
language = "English",
volume = "19",
pages = "23--39",
journal = "Information Communication and Society",
issn = "1369-118X",
publisher = "Brunner-Routledge",
number = "1",

}

Indigenous voices and mediatized policy-making in the digital age. / Dreher, Tanja; MCCALLUM, Kerry; Waller, Lisa.

In: Information, Communication and Society, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2016, p. 23-39.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Indigenous voices and mediatized policy-making in the digital age

AU - Dreher, Tanja

AU - MCCALLUM, Kerry

AU - Waller, Lisa

PY - 2016

Y1 - 2016

N2 - This article explores the potential of emerging digital cultures for Indigenous participation in policy debates in the rapidly changing Australian media landscape. From the Zapatista’s ‘netwar’ to the ‘hashtag activism’ of IdleNoMore, Indigenous people have pioneered innovative uses of digital media for global connectivity and contestation. Digital and social media open up unprecedented opportunities for voice, and, in theory, participation in decision-making. But there is limited understanding about how Indigenous voices are heard at times of major policy reform, and whether increased participation in digital media necessarily leads to increased democratic participation. Leading Indigenous commentators in Australia suggest an inability of governments and other influential players to listen sits at the heart of the failure of Indigenous policy. This article presents two contemporary Australian case studies that showcase Indigenous participatory media response to government policy initiatives: first, the diverse reaction in social media to the government-sponsored campaign for constitutional reform to acknowledge Australia’s First Peoples, branded as Recognise and second, the social media-driven movement #sosblakaustralia, protesting against the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities. This article brings together theories of political participation, media change and listening to ask whether key democratic institutions, including the mainstream news media and political decision-makers, can engage with the proliferation of Indigenous voices enabled by participatory media. We argue that while the digital media environment allows diverse Indigenous voices to be represented, recent scholarship on participation and listening extends the analysis to ask which voices are heard as politics is increasingly mediatized.

AB - This article explores the potential of emerging digital cultures for Indigenous participation in policy debates in the rapidly changing Australian media landscape. From the Zapatista’s ‘netwar’ to the ‘hashtag activism’ of IdleNoMore, Indigenous people have pioneered innovative uses of digital media for global connectivity and contestation. Digital and social media open up unprecedented opportunities for voice, and, in theory, participation in decision-making. But there is limited understanding about how Indigenous voices are heard at times of major policy reform, and whether increased participation in digital media necessarily leads to increased democratic participation. Leading Indigenous commentators in Australia suggest an inability of governments and other influential players to listen sits at the heart of the failure of Indigenous policy. This article presents two contemporary Australian case studies that showcase Indigenous participatory media response to government policy initiatives: first, the diverse reaction in social media to the government-sponsored campaign for constitutional reform to acknowledge Australia’s First Peoples, branded as Recognise and second, the social media-driven movement #sosblakaustralia, protesting against the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities. This article brings together theories of political participation, media change and listening to ask whether key democratic institutions, including the mainstream news media and political decision-makers, can engage with the proliferation of Indigenous voices enabled by participatory media. We argue that while the digital media environment allows diverse Indigenous voices to be represented, recent scholarship on participation and listening extends the analysis to ask which voices are heard as politics is increasingly mediatized.

KW - Indigenous media

KW - listening

KW - participation

KW - mediatization

KW - participatory media

KW - social media campaigns

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84946493324&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.mendeley.com/research/indigenous-voices-mediatized-policymaking-digitalage

U2 - 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1093534

DO - 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1093534

M3 - Article

VL - 19

SP - 23

EP - 39

JO - Information Communication and Society

JF - Information Communication and Society

SN - 1369-118X

IS - 1

ER -