Digital Media Transformations

The Department’s central research focus is on the transformative social, cultural and political implications of the way people use emerging media and communciations technologies. We study the forms, affordances and meanings of digital media as well as their influence on professions, industries, societies and cultures. MECO scholars are also engaged in reframing media theory and philosophy for globally networked, intercultural and interdisciplinary research.

Our work in these fields includes the socio-cultural uses of social media, robotics and gaming technologies; social sharing of news; forms of cultural intermediation; digital media arts curation; and digital media histories. Collaborative research on digital media in Asian societies includes studies on online public opinion in Greater China and on Facebook and political communication in Bhutan.
We are part of the Global Media Policy Mapping project, sponsored by the International Association of Media and Communication Research, and the mobile Internet policy section of this database. Professor Gerard Goggin and Dr Fiona Martin co-convene the University’s Everyday Social Media Research Group, and MECO is a partner in the TrISMA (Tracking Infrastructure for Social Media Research) consortium, hosted by the Queensland University of Technology.

Researchers in the field of digital media transformation are: