PODCAST: Digital journalism and democracy by Beate Josephi

Digital journalism defines its relationship to democracy differently to When traditional journalism. Technological changes have made it possible to participate actively in the creation and distribution of news, a role previously confined to journalists and media houses, thus potentially democratizing journalistic processes. This talk first sets out different models of communicative democracy, notably the elitist, the participatory and the deliberative model. It then explores how these new possibilities of participation affect journalism, journalists and society as a whole, discussing both gains and losses. As yet digital journalism is unevenly spread across the globe, but its affordances have the potential to reinvigorate the participatory and deliberative model of democracy.

Dr Beate Josephi is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Her research queries the role of democracy in journalism. Recent publications include a chapter on ‘Digital Journalism and Democracy’ in the forthcoming Handbook on Digital Journalism (Sage), edited by Tamara Witschge, Chris Anderson, David Domingo, and Alf Hermida; and a guest-edited issue of Journalism on ‘Decoupling Journalism and Democracy’ (2014).

PODCAST: Consumerism and the limits to imagination by Justin Lewis

Consumer capitalism dominates our economy, our politics, and our culture, even though a growing body of research suggests it may be well past its sell-by date. This talk discusses how consumer capitalism has become economically and environmentally unsustainable, and how our cultural and information industries make it difficult to envision other forms of human progress by limiting critical thinking and keeping us locked in a cycle of consumption. Lewis further argues that change will only be possible if we take culture seriously and transform the very way we organize our media and communications systems.

Justin Lewis is Professor of Communication at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. He has written widely about media, culture and politics. His latest book is Beyond Consumer Capitalism: Media and the Limits to Imagination (Polity, 2013). He has also written books on media audiences, cultural policy and media and race.