Digital News Report: Australia (2017) by Jerry Watkins, Sora Park, Caroline Fisher, R. Warwick Blood, Glen Fuller, Virginia Haussegger, Michael Jenson, Jee Young Lee and Franco Papandrea.
Decoding Publics: A review of digital media analytics tools (2016) by Mathieu O'Neil and Daniel Kelley.
Mobile Health: Empowering people with type 2 diabetes using digital tools (2016) by Sora Park, Sally Burford, Jee Young Lee and Luke Toy.
Digital News Report: Australia (2016) by Jerry Watkins, Sora Park, R.Warwick Blood, Megan Deas, Michelle Dunne Breen, Caroline Fisher, Glen Fuller, Jee Young Lee, Franco Papandrea and Matthew Ricketson.
'What is happening with your body and your baby': Australian women's use of pregnancy and parenting apps (2015) by Deborah Lupton and Sarah Pedersen.
Digital News Report: Australia (2015) by Jerry Watkins, Sora Park, R. Warwick Blood, Michelle Dunne Breen, Glen Fuller, Franco Papandrea and Matthew Ricketson.
Conversations about alcohol and pregnancy (2015) by Kate Holland and Kerry McCallum.
Domestic Content Policies in the Broadband Age: A Four Country Analysis (2015) by Sora Park, Charles H. Davis, Franco Papandrea and Robert G. Picard.
'Feeling Better Connected': Report on Academics' use of Social Media (2014) by Deborah Lupton.
State of the Newspaper Industry in Australia, 2013 (2013) by Franco Papandrea.
Italy in the Australian News Media, 2005-2012 (2013) by Peter Putnis, Franco Papandrea and R.Warwick Blood.
This book describes and understands the many factors that influence a person’s behavior towards digital technologies, and how that affects the person’s potential to benefit from digital society. The ability to adapt to these new technological environments - and the extent to which an individual embraces them - has become critical to an individual’s well-being and quality of life, the underlying assumption being that only by effectively engaging with digital technologies can the user accrue benefits from the experience. By introducing the concept “digital capital,” which refers to the conditions that determine how people access, use, and engage with digital technology, Park examines how the digital ecosystem of the user lead to new forms of digital inequality. Using numerous empirical studies on internet users and non-users, as well as recommending small localized solutions to the big global problem, a critical and alternative perspective of the digital divide is provided.
Self-Tracking, Health and Medicine: Sociological Perspectives
Self-tracking practices are part of many health and medical domains. The introduction of digital technologies such as smartphones, tablet computers, apps, social media platforms, dedicated patient support sites and wireless devices for medical monitoring has contributed to the expansion of opportunities for people to engage in self-tracking of their bodies and health and illness states. The contributors to this book cover a range of self-tracking techniques, contexts and geographical locations: fitness tracking using the wearable Fitbit device in the UK; English adolescent girls’ use of health and fitness apps; stress and recovery monitoring software and devices in a group of healthy Finns; self-monitoring by young Australian illicit drug users; an Italian diabetes self-care program using an app and web-based software; and ‘show-and-tell’ videos uploaded to the Quantified Self website about people’s experiences of self-tracking. Major themes running across the collection include the emphasis on self-responsibility and self-management on which self-tracking rationales and devices tend to rely; the biopedagogical function of self-tracking (teaching people about how to be both healthy and productive biocitizens); and the reproduction of social norms and moral meanings concerning health states and embodiment (good health can be achieved through self-tracking, while illness can be avoided or better managed). This book was originally published as a special issue of the Health Sociology Review.
The Digital Academic
Academic work, like many other professional occupations, has increasingly become digitised. This book brings together leading scholars who examine the impacts, possibilities, politics and drawbacks of working in the contemporary university, using digital technologies. Contributors take a critical perspective in identifying the implications of digitisation for the future of higher education, academic publishing protocols and platforms and academic employment conditions, the ways in which academics engage in their everyday work and as public scholars and relationships with students and other academics. The book includes accounts of using digital media and technologies as part of academic practice across teaching, research administration and scholarship endeavours, as well as theoretical perspectives. The contributors span the spectrum of early to established career academics and are based in education, research administration, sociology, digital humanities, media and communication.
The Dynamics of News and Indigenous Policy in Australia
This book offers rich insights into the news media’s role in the development of policy in Australia and explores the complex and interactive relationship between news media and Australian Indigenous affairs. Kerry McCallum and Lisa Waller critically examine how Indigenous health, bilingual education and controversial legislation were portrayed through public media, and they look closely at how Indigenous people were being excluded from policy and media discussion, as well as using the media to their advantage.
The Quantified Self
Polity Press, 2016
In this groundbreaking book Deborah Lupton critically analyses the social, cultural and political dimensions of contemporary self-tracking and identifies the concepts of selfhood and human embodiment and the value of the data that underpin them.
Digital Labor and Prosumer Capitalism
Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
In the digital age tasks are increasingly modularised and consumers are increasingly becoming prosumers. This volume, co-edited by N&MRC's Mathieu O'Neil, presents a critical account of the forces which shape contemporary subjects, networks, and labour practices.
Deborah Lupton's new book Digital Sociology is essential reading for students and academics in sociology, anthropology, media and communication, digital cultures, digital humanities, internet studies, science and technology studies, and social computing.
Telling True Stories
Allen & Unwin, 2014
Matthew Ricketson's latest book, Telling True Stories: Navigating the challenges of writing narrative non-fiction, explores the key challenges in writing narrative non-fiction, and shows how some of the best in the business do it.
Selected Recent Journal Articles
Bourk, M. & Holland, K. (2014). 'From Silos to Flows: Spatial metaphor and communication responses to the Christchurch Earthquakes'. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 29 (2), 35-41.
Lupton, D. (2014) 'How do you measure up?' Assumptions about 'obesity' and health-related behaviors in 'obesity' prevention campaigns. Fat Studies, 3(1), 32—44
O'Neil, M. (2014). 'Hacking Weber: legitimacy, critique, and trust in peer production', Information, Communication & Society, 17:7, 872-888.
Park, S. (2014). 'Switching between productive multitasking and distraction: A case study of how users adapt to mobile tablet devices', Digital Culture & Education, 6(2), 120-133.
Sweet, M., Dudgeon, P., McCallum, K. and Ricketson, M. (2014). 'Decolonising practices: can journalism learn from health care to improve Indigenous health outcomes?', Medical Journal of Australia, 200 (11), 626-627.
Park, S. and Burford, S. (2013). 'A longitudinal study on the uses of mobile tablet devices and changes in digital media literacy of young adults', Educational Media International, 50 (4) 266-280.
Conference Proceedings and Working Papers
Proceedings of the Emerging Issues in Communication Research and Policy Conference - Refereed Papers (2013) edited by Julie Freeman
In 2013, N&MRC held a workshop with Professor Robert G. Picard from the Reuters Institute at Oxford University on the State of the News Media in Selected Australian Regions. Working papers from this workshop are available here:
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