Burns, Maureen
February 2013
Media International Australia (8/1/07-current);Feb2013, Issue 146, p133
Academic Journal
Like all our objects of research, public service media are not prey waiting in the world - we create them as research objects when we research and when we write. This is easy to forget in the case of public service media, which seem so familiar as research objects because they are already so overwritten. Often we begin the creation of our public service media research object from assumptions that we don't even feel the need to unpack. Public service media institutions might be (and have been) written as discourses, practices, philosophies, politics and/ or histories. This article examines what it means to write and research public service media, and it discusses whether descriptions of assemblages that favour particular types of human agency over others - and human agency generally over non-human agents - are sufficient, or whether our research and writing practices might benefit from a hybridisation of methods as well as object(s).


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