DMRC Fridays – October to December

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The DMRC is rounding out the year with a range of terrific events!

November the 2nd and 3rdAt Home with Digital Media, featuring presentations by Rebekah Willet from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Larissa Hjorth from RMIT and Mark Deuze from the University of Amsterdam. We also have a fantastic line up of over 20 papers about the changing relationships between digital media technologies and the home – as space, as place, and as a troubled metaphor for belonging. There are limited places available for non-presenters via Eventbrite:

The final program for At Home with Digital Media is now available. At Home Schedule – FINAL

November 2nd – Beyond Journalism: Making It Work as a Startup – Mark Deuze. KG. Z9 307, 4-6pm.

The emergence of a entrepreneurship in the field of journalism is global. In the context of self-deleterious print and broadcast business models, audiences migrating to the digital space (and refusing to behave as audiences), and an organizational context rife with atypical working conditions, ongoing managerial overhauls, and declining budgets, journalistic newcomers and senior reporters alike strike out on their own: forming startups and editorial collectives, being independent media workers, or being made individually responsible for the success (or failure) of the news company that employs them. The presentation focuses on what it takes to make it work as a startup, based on fieldwork at 20 companies in 9 countries.

Mark Deuze is Professor of Media Studies, specializing in Journalism at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities. Publications of his work include over ninety papers in academic journals and seven books, including the monographs “Media Work” (Polity Press, 2007) and “Media Life” (Polity Press, 2012). Forthcoming books: “Beyond Journalism” (Polity Press, 2019; co- authored with Tamara Witschge), “Making Media” (Amsterdam University Press, 2018; co-edited with Mirjam Prenger). Deuze’s work has been translated in Chinese, Czech, German, Portuguese, Greek, and Hungarian. He has received a Donald W. Reynolds Fellowship from the Missouri School of Journalism (2015), a visiting Research Fellowship at the Center for International Communications Research of the University of Leeds in the UK (2007), and a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (2003). He is also the bass player of post-punk band Skinflower, and blogs at Deuzeblog.

November 17 –  Of the slums and of the buildings: media change and ever-evolving understandings of class in capitalist Indonesia. Z2 502, 1-2pm (TBC)

How have mobile phones changed Indonesian societies? Understanding how digital technologies reorder social organization in other places is useful because it can reveal the contingencies of digital transformation in those Western societies that generate most (of the English language) scholarship on the phenomenon. In this paper, I address the question by tracing the development of the kampungan-gedongan (lit. of the sums-of the buildings, denoting lower-middle class/ vulgarity-refinement) dyad from the late-1960s to the present. I show how Indonesian class formations are virtual social entities emerging from media texts, rather than concrete, measurable elements of a political-economic ‘structure’, and also draw attention to the importance of spatial metaphors in the imagining of class. Changes to media environments (especially the technologies that constitute them) therefore prompt important shifts in the articulation of class, and elicit new forms of kampungan-gedongan conflict that are spatial in nature. The paper positions mobile phones in this scene of a longue duree of media change and class formation in the country, and examines: the emergence of a middle class reading public in the 1970s, the rise of audience measurement regimes with the founding and rapid uptake of advertising-funded tv in the late-1990s and early-2000s, and the new lower class solidarities emerging in a 21st century media environment awash with mobile phones.

Emma Baulch is a media anthropologist and an expert of Indonesian media and popular culture. Her research focuses on the role media technologies play in the way people communicate and form communities. Her PhD was a study of the role electric guitars played in shaping communities of amateur musicians in Bali in the late-1990s. Her postdoctoral work examines how television and digital technologies influence the formation of pop music genres. For her Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, she has undertaken a program of research that enquires into the historical specificities of widespread digital uptake in Asia, examines the new forms of public life it generates, and investigates opportunities for developing digital applications for major public health challenges facing people and institutions of the Asia-Pacific region.

December 1st How networks of images spread on Twitter. Z2 502, 1.30-2.30pm (TBC)

Ariadna Matamoros Fernández & Felix Muench

Details to follow.

December 1st, Gatewatching and News Curation: Journalism, Social Media, and the Public Sphere. Z2 502, 2.30-3.30pm (TBC)

The concept of gatewatching emerged in the early 2000s, as a counterpoint to conventional journalistic gatekeeping, to describe the practices of bloggers and citizen journalists, who predominantly observe and comment on the stories published by mainstream news sites rather than engaging in their own original news reporting. Subsequent developments, including especially the advent of several globally adopted social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter, have served to further establish gatewatching practices: adapted to the specific affordances of these social media spaces, gatewatching processes on these platforms have arguably become even more widespread and influential.

Social media users now engage almost instinctively in collective and collaborative gatewatching processes as they respond to major breaking news stories, as well as in their day-to-day sharing of interesting articles with their social media contacts; existing media outlets are increasingly seeking to maximise the shareability of their stories via social media, and a number of new players (such as Buzzfeed) are fundamentally built around providing ‘viral’ content, thus in essence optimising their offerings in anticipation of audiences’ evaluation and selection of content through gatewatching; and the new channels of news diffusion via social media which are emerging in the process may in fact require us to fundamentally change how we conceptualise the structure of the public sphere.

This presentation outlines how gatewatching and related citizen-journalistic practices evolved over the course of the past ten years, and develops a framework for understanding news production and engagement in the present environment, where social media play a crucial role as disseminators of news and information.

Dr Axel Bruns is a Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and was a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi). He is the Vice-President of the Association of Internet Researchers. Bruns is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of Twitter and Society (2014), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2012) and Uses of Blogs (2006). Bruns is an expert on the impact of user-led content creation, or produsage, and his current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, especially in the context of acute events. His research blog is at, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info. See for more details on his current social media research.