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Australian commercial television, identity and the imagined community

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This thesis is an examination of the way contemporary Australian commercial television corporations manipulate narratives of Australian national community. The television networks' representations of community, and their places within it, have changed considerably since the tum of the century. They have mutated as each network has been forced to adapt its corporate image to a changing economic environment - a result of the increasing prevalence of the global information network, new forms of digital technology and casualisation at all levels of the workforce. This thesis negotiates these changes by examining a set of interdisciplinary theories that could provide illumination as to why these changes have occurred and what possible effects these changes may cause in the future. This thesis examines the various theories of nation and community, applying them to an analysis of the methods used by media corporations to manipulate national narratives, predominantly through their news bulletins and station promotions. It is an attempt to open up new theoretical ground for the discussions and analyses of contemporary Australian television studies.


Table of Contents

Introduction -- Methodology -- New media or self-reflexive identities -- The imagined community: a theoretical study -- Meta-Aussie: Theories of narrative and Australian National Identity -- The space of place: theories of "local" community and Sydney -- Whenever it snows: Australia and the Asian region -- The space of flows: theories of globalisation -- The Nine Network and imagined communities -- The Seven Network and imagined communities -- Network Ten and imagined communities.


Typescript. "February 2007" Bibliography: leaves 242-251

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


Thesis (PhD) , Macquarie University, Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy, Dept. of Media

Department, Centre or School

Department of Media

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

John Potts


Copyright disclaimer: Copyright Greg Levine 2007.




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