DMRC Fridays Seminar Series 2018 – November 23rd










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The fourth and final of our DMRC Fridays Seminar Series for 2018 takes place on November 23 with four exciting presentations! Join us to hear about the latest research being generated by Centre members and research students.

November 23: Kelvin Grove Campus: Z9 607: 1-3pm.

YouTube and Participatory Culture: A decade of competing logics

This presentation traces YouTube’s evolution as a platform, a community, and a media institution over the 12 years of existence, arguing that it has consistently been animated by competing logics. I reflect on the process of conducting the first major analysis of the platform while it was still new in 2008, culminating in the first edition of YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture. I detail the developments that have occurred both in YouTube itself and in digital media scholarship since then, which are discussed in the second edition of the book, published in 2018.

  Jean Burgess is Professor of Digital Media and Director of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC). Her research focuses on the uses, cultures and politics of digital media technologies and platforms, as well as new methods for studying them, and their implications for community, government and industry organisations.


Polarising debate in a hyperpolarised space: freedom of speech, Twitter, and a year of conversations

With the increasing ubiquity of the participatory web, there was a momentary shimmer of hope for the singular, inclusive, consensus-building Public Sphere as Habermas envisaged. On the contrary, it seems that there is an increasingly deepening gap between communities on social media platforms. If we are to hope for a ‘healthy’ democracy and build bridges over these gaps, it is important to come to a better understanding of the dynamics of discursive struggles in these polarised spaces. In this presentation, I will attempt to do so by reporting the findings of my study on a year-long discussion of free speech in the Australian Twittersphere.


Ehsan Dehghan is a PhD candidate and sessional academic at the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC), Queensland University of Technology. His background is in philosophy and discourse studies, with particular focus on social media platforms. Ehsan is currently investigating the dynamics of discursive struggle over freedom of speech in the Australian Twittersphere, using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from digital methods, network analysis, and discourse theory.


Same Song New Dance: Market Structure and Competition in the Digital Music Aggregation Industry

This study examines an innovative new market segment in the music recording industry: digital music aggregation. Digital music aggregators are music distributors that directly connect musical artists to digital music storefronts (i.e. iTunes) and streaming services (i.e. Spotify). Digital music aggregation companies offer services similar to record labels, such as mass distribution, royalty collection, and intellectual property protection, but are accessible to artists at all levels of success. This study maps competitive strategies and the developing market structure of digital music aggregators informed by trade press and in-depth qualitative interviews with aggregation industry executives.

Bondy Valdovinos Kaye is the Editorial Assistant for Media Industries Journal, a PhD candidate in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, and an avid musician. His research interests include music industries research, digital music, creative regulation and policy, and creative industries in South-east Asia. He holds a Master’s of Science in Mass Communications from Kansas State University, USA.


A research agenda for creative industries

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the UK’s development of the first Creative Industries Mapping Document from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – which is widely recognised as having given rise to a distinctive policy paradigm that several jurisdictions across the world have embraced. This paper outlines a book-length project, A research agenda for creative industries (Edward Elgar Publishing), edited by Stuart Cunningham and Terry Flew, which addresses questions such as these: 1. How much should a research agenda for creative industries be policy-oriented, or even policy-driven? 2. Is it important to differentiate economic, cultural and social rationale for and outcomes from creative industries, or converge them around the so-called ‘triple bottom line’? 3. What research approaches and methodological innovations are called for in developing a forward research agenda for creative industries? 4. What research agendas can be developed from studying the embedding of creative industries approaches and concepts into education? 5. What distinctive variations on creative industries concepts and claims can be seen around the world, and what implications does this have for a research agenda?



Stuart Cunningham is Distinguished Professor of Media and Communication, Queensland University of Technology. Stuart is one of Australia’s leading proponents of the new and applied humanities. He is internationally recognised for his contributions to media, communications and cultural studies and for exemplifying their relevance to industry practice and government policy.