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  • 1. Blogging the Aussie way
    Based on Mapping the Australian Political Blogosphere

2. Political blogs in this country play a crucial role of adding more diverse and multi-faceted range of perspectives.
- Axel Bruns and Debra Adams, Mapping the Australian Blogosphere
Opportunity to connect
It will deliver enormous opportunity right across this nation
- Stephen Conroy
3. Will it help more Australians become involved in political discussions?
4. Limited access to affordable high-speed, always on internet services affects Australian net users overall ability to engage in participatory online culture. Blogging and political blogging especially so, operates commonly by drawing together and commenting on news articles, press releases, background information and commentary from fellow bloggers.- Bruns and Adams
5. Figure 2: Internet Access by Private Occupied Dwellings by Remoteness - August 2006
There is considerable difference in dwelling access rates between Major Cities of Australia and regional areas. At the national level, 66% of dwellings in major cities have access to the Internet, compared to 42% for Very Remote Australia. This gap is even more pronounced for Broadband access, the corresponding figures being 46% and 24%, respectively.- Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006
6. New internet media have provided a key space for the expression and discussion of both marginalised and oppositional viewpoints and the organisation of activist events opposing federal government policy. Bruns and Adams
7. David Hicks
8. Mainstream media
versus blogging
In this tradition, its enthusiasts see the Internet as heralding
a new age in which citizens can both generate and consume political news, and in
which the big players no longer control political communication from the top down.
Old and New Media: Blogs in the third age of political
communication.
Ian Ward
James Cahill
School of Political Science & International Studies
The University of Queensland
9. citizen media is heavily reliant on the mainstream as a source for activities of "gatewatching" and metacommentary, and professional journalists are increasingly willing to turn to citizen media for news, talent and content.
Whos afraid?
10. The blog is kind of like the forensic team that shows up later and picks over what others have already found Tim Dunlop
11. It's widely assumed that the internet is inherently suited to furthering the causes of the left-leaning young, as evidenced by Barack Obama's campaign and fundraising strategies. But the blogosphere's role in the collapse of the climate consensus suggests middle-aged and elderly net users are equally capable of making their presence felt on a democratic medium.
12. Would you rely on getting political information from political blogs or mainstream media?
Do you think its a positive that political topics can be discussed through blogging?