Making Culture After Digital Platforms

Digital Cultures & Societies Series - Making Culture After Digital Platforms

This event brings together researchers exploring the impact of media platforms on cultural production. 

  • When: Friday 9 September 2022, 1pm to 3pm
  • Where: Michie Building (9) - The Writer's Studio (612) Level 6, UQ

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About this event

In Media Disrupted (2021) Professor Amanda Lotz argues that much of what we know about how digital platforms ‘disrupted’ media industries is wrong. The story is not a straight-forward one where the digital behemoths ruined news, music, cinema and television. A few decades into this shift we can discern more nuanced changes in cultural production wrought by digital platforms.

In this workshop Professor Amanda Lotz examines streaming services and Dr Richard Murray explores regional news as cases where we can appreciate carefully the relationships between digital platforms and cultural production. Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner will chair and respond to the discussion.


Richard Murray (UQ) – Disrupted Platforms: Nostalgia, Death and Resurrection All The Way Out There

In May 2020, Queensland regional news and journalism was turned upside down after News Corp Australia announced they were dumping most of their regional mastheads. In the face of fears of the news desertification of Queensland regional journalism, the flowers bloomed with numerous small publications filling the void left by News Corp. Set against a background of urban/regional digital divide, and drawing on necro-political, hauntological, and capital realist frameworks, Richard explores the emergence of Queensland’s new news organisations, the experience of the journalists working for them, and, ultimately, their chances of longevity.

Richard Murray is a lecturer of digital journalism in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. His current research focuses on regional and rural journalism, and how journalists and media lawyers interact with the law. Before coming to UQ Richard worked as a journalist across the Asia Pacific.

Amanda Lotz (QUT) – Key Concepts for Investigating Streaming Video

Despite appearances, the business of subscriber-funded, streaming services such as Netflix differs from previous video businesses in ways crucial to proper understanding. This talk explores key concepts and premises for investigating streaming services and their role in culture.

Amanda D. Lotz is a professor and program leader of the Transforming Media Industries research program in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of twelve books that explore television and media industries including Netflix and Streaming Video: The Business of Subscriber-funded Video on Demand, Media Disrupted: Surviving Cannibals, Pirates and Streaming Wars, We Now Disrupt This Broadcast: How Cable Transformed Television and the Internet Revolutionized It All and The Television Will Be Revolutionized and Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television. She has been named a Fellow of the International Communication Association and Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Graeme Turner (UQ) – Chair and respondent

Graeme Turner is the founding Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (2000-2012), and one of the leading figures in cultural and media studies in Australia and internationally. His research has covered a wide range of forms and media – literature, film, television, radio, new media, journalism, and popular culture.

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