This week we will be examining Media Ownership.
1. Media ownership in Australia is extremely concentrated (this explains the situation in 2013) – a more updated version here discussing recent changes to legislation in Australia, impacting ownership.
2. Fears about media ownership being concentrated in the hands of the few can be traced back to the 1930’s and Hitler’s use of propaganda
3. In modern society there is an additional cause of anxiety for democratic societies – anyone with an internet connection and/or a camera can make and spread propaganda, which is then picked up and spread through mainstream media channels.
4. Look at these images of headlines from The Daily Telegraph (owned by News Corp/Murdoch) – what ideologies are present?
Blog post for the week:
Your blog topic for this week is all about media ownership and why it matters.
Who ‘owns’ and/or ‘controls’ the media you use to access your ‘news’?Why does this matter?
What trust do you have in your news sources?
Or taking what you now know about media ownership:
Does Beyonce matter?
Recommended Reading: (log in to UOW library for access) McCutcheon and Pusey Media Moguls or Moneymen?
Resources on this week’s academic skills:
Critical thinking and writing