Talkback, community and the public sphere

Fitzgerald, Richard and Housley, William (2007) Talkback, community and the public sphere. Media International Australia, 122 122: 150-163.

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Author Fitzgerald, Richard
Housley, William
Title Talkback, community and the public sphere
Journal name Media International Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1329-878X
Publication date 2007-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 122
Issue 122
Start page 150
End page 163
Total pages 14
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher School of English, Media Studies & Art History in association with the Centre for Critical & Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland
Language eng
Subject C1
400104 Communication and Media Studies
751004 The media
2001 Communication and Media Studies
1606 Political Science
Abstract This paper explores the relationship between the audience of commercial talkback radio and the actual existing democratic public sphere in Australia. Drawing upon Anderson’s (1987) notion of an imagined community and Warner’s (2002) discussion of publics, the paper suggests that two different but entwined modes of address operate around the talkback audience. The first centres on the active creation of an imagined community brought into being and maintained through host and caller interaction, whilst the second, which is dependent on this prior formation, involves the audience being treated as a political public within the public sphere.
Keyword Talkback radio
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Issue title: Talkback Radio

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