QUT Greens have partnered with Stephen Bates, to bring you a special guest seminar featuring Assoc. Prof. Daniel Angus of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC).
Daniel is Associate Professor of Digital Communication in the School of Communication, and leader of the Computational Communication and Culture program in the DMRC.
Please note: this event will be held simultaneously in person and via Zoom. Once you've RSVPd please send a text to 0409 040 211 to confirm which way you'll be attending.
You'll receive an email with both in-person and Zoom details but to enable social-distancing, in-person RSVPs are limited!
This is sure to be an informative session for anyone who's interested in social media and politics, so register now!
Over recent electoral cycles, social media have come to play an increasingly important role in Australian political campaigning. As early as 2007, then-Prime Minister John Howard released several messages on YouTube; these were somewhat ineptly produced, but nonetheless demonstrated that such platforms would need to form part of the communicative arsenal of modern election campaigns (Bruns et al., 2007).
Australians are comparatively early, enthusiastic adopters of social media (Sensis 2017), and more than half now use social media as a key source of news (Newman et al. 2018: 127); combined with the fact that voting is compulsory and that this results in the (possibly decisive) participation of voters who may pay very little attention to the news in general, and to political news in particular, it is therefore critical for election campaigns to reach such politically disinterested electors through the channels they most engage with.
Researchers within the QUT Digital Media Research Centre have investigated the use of social media throughout multiple election campaigns, at local, state and federal levels. Over more than a decade they have continued to pioneer new, and refine existing methods to bring transparency to electioneering, and make sense of these campaigns.
In this talk, Associate Professor Daniel Angus, program leader of the DMRC’s Computational Communication and Culture program, will detail some of these methods and outline insights from recent federal (2019) and state (QLD 2020) elections.