2006GIR Politics, Spin and the Media


Politics, Spin and the Media

Upload a weekly posting to your classroom forum that reflects on one or more of the following:

1) Set weekly questions

2) Weekly readings

3) Other student postings

Details of Task: The idea of the postings is to provide a structure for you to have an online discussion with others in your group as you would normally do in a face-to-face tutorial. On Teams in the Folder ‘Weekly Forum Questions’ you will see the questions to answer each week. Your posting should be approximately 1-2 paragraphs in length and should adopt a reflective writing style where your perceptions, ideas, personal experiences, and observations are considered important.

The writing language can be descriptive (outlining what something is or how something was done), explanatory (explaining why or how it is like that) or expressive (I think, I feel, I believe). You can use personal pronouns like 'I', 'my' or 'we'. However, it is best to keep colloquial language to a minimum.

Up to 2 participation marks will be awarded for each posting. You are required to upload 10 postings by the end of Trimester. In order to be awarded 2 marks for each posting, you must keep a copy of your weekly postings and upload your 10 postings as an attachment to your final take home assessment.

What is the relationship between politics and the media in a democracy?

How are political news constructed?

Is there a tension between the public interest and commercial imperatives?

Can the media be objective in reporting on politics?

Do we ‘believe’ the news?   Why?

Does the media influence us?   How?

Do we know if we are being manipulated?

What do we mean by 'agenda setting' and 'media priming'?

Does negative advertising work?

How significant is the political image in selling the political message?

How accurate are opinion polls?

How has the media changed Australian election campaigns?

How do you define ‘spin’, and how do you know it when you see it?

How much of an impact does ‘spin’ have on modern politics?

Is the media captive to the ‘spin’ politicians put on information?

What are the ingredients of a great political speech?

Is it possible to have politics without rhetoric?

What makes a politician sound authentic and does it matter?

What are some of the key interview strategies politicians use?

Aggressive or conversational: which is best?

Is the political interview dead?

What are the functions of political satire and comedy?

Does political satire help or hinder political engagement?

Does most political satire have a left-wing bias?

What impact has social media had on politics?

Has social media made it harder or easier for politicians to get their message across?

Does social media challenge or complement traditional forms of political reporting?

Are women politicians given a ‘fair go’ in the media?

Does the media reflect or shape public attitudes to women in politics?

Was Gillard’s ‘misogyny speech’ great?

What does Warf argue about the political implications for democracy of the ‘oligopolization’ of media and communications?

Is concentration of media ownership always bad?

Should government regulate the media? How and for what purpose?

What role does the media play in authoritarian regimes?

How does it differ from democratic regimes?

Should the freedom of the media be limited?

What is political communication?

With reference to the readings, which examples of political communication techniques did you as a lay voter observe in effect during the recent federal election?

According to the readings, how has political communication changed in Australia?

In the movie Wag the Dog list distraction techniques the spin doctors put into place.

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