The Changing Face of Australia's Media and Communications

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Allen & Unwin, 2000 - Communication policy - 268 pages
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Respected commentator Trevor Barr tells the story behind the exponential growth of media and information technology

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Power ownership and influence
Communications as catalyst
Australias media institutions
Telecommunications in transition
Internet as paradigm
Towards an information society
Third way communications
Rethinking our communications strategy
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Trevor Barr is Professor of Media and Telecommunications at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He is the author of The Electronic Estate ( Penguin Books, 1985), and a highly regarded national commentator. The Sydney Morning Herald chose him as one of Australia's most influential thinkers about major future issues facing Australia.

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