'Don't Use the A-word': Arts By Stealth at the ABC—A Latourian Analysis

Liz Jacka


Abstract

The future of public service broadcasting (PSB) in the digital age receives an enormous amount of both media and academic attention. However, much of the analysis and debate is locked into some fairly stale and repetitious discourses polarised around oppositions such as state/market and popular/elite. In this article the author describes a very minor episode in the long saga of public service broadcasting, namely recent changes to its coverage of the arts, using some insights drawn from the repertoire of ANT, and argue that it provides better resources for illuminating this episode that the more usual frameworks used to analyse such issues.

Keywords

Public service broadcasting; Latour; Actor network theory; Arts programming

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