Culture and media

Carter, David and Griffen-Foley, Bridget (2013). Culture and media. In Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre (Ed.), The Commonwealth of Australia (pp. 237-262) New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CHO9781107445758

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Author Carter, David
Griffen-Foley, Bridget
Title of chapter Culture and media
Title of book The Commonwealth of Australia
Place of Publication New York, NY, USA
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1017/CHO9781107445758
Series The Cambridge History of Australia
ISBN 9781107011540
Editor Alison Bashford
Stuart Macintyre
Volume number 2
Chapter number 10
Start page 237
End page 262
Total pages 26
Total chapters 24
Language eng
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The dynamics shaping culture and media in Australia across the twentieth century emerged in a context defined by both urban concentration and widely dispersed regions: tensions between localism and national integration of production and markets; persistent calls for a national culture or cultural industries; domination by a few large national or multinational operators; and intervention by public institutions in the commercial marketplace. Underpinning all are the complexities of Australia’s place in transnational cultural networks. The domestic market was not large enough to sustain major production industries but it was sufficiently large to be a target for cultural exports such as Hollywood movies and British books. In the early twentieth century, as in the early twenty-first, Australian culture was inevitably a hybridisation of local and external influences, prompting recurrent debates over national values, modernity and ‘Americanisation’. Modernity and nationhood had arrived together, generating anxieties that the nation was both too modern, with no deep traditions of its own, and not modern enough, always lagging behind the great metropolitan centres. Yet even as the ‘true Australia’ was located in the image of a pre-modern bush landscape, Australians were busily engaging with the new modern cultures. The British imperial connection was not merely a conservative force but a means of accessing the new.
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