Welcome to the ARTS1091: Media, Society, Politics Wikispace

The ARTS1091 Wikispace has been developed as a collaborative workspace for students studying Media at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Since 2010, this space has been populated with work produced by these students, both in assessment tasks (like the Global Media Mapping Project) and as part of their on-going commitment to participating in discussion of the relationships between the media, society and politics. This means that membership of this site is restricted to students enrolled in ARTS1091 only. Members of the public are very welcome to browse the site, however, we do not extend membership and editing rights to visitors.

In 2013 the site will be closed for maintenance and will not be populated or updated. This means that the information contained in this wiki may become somewhat outdated and visitors should follow up on more recent updates, especially in relation to media ownership and regulation around the world.

About ARTS1091: Media, Society, Politics

ARTS1091 focuses on the complex relationship between media, society and politics by examining the ways in which information is mediated between social, cultural and political institutions. It develops a conceptual framework from which to analyse the dynamic technological and regulatory environment in which the media operates and to investigate the consequences of changes in these areas for journalists, politicians and ordinary citizens.
If you are a visitor to this wiki and would like more information on studying Media with UNSW, please visit our website.

About Wikis

According to the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (2010), "a wiki is a collaborative online space where people can gather to build content together and is intended for general public consumption. Wikis encourage participation and a strong sense of common purpose thereby developing valuable communication and teamwork skills. Using wikis supports asynchronous communication allowing learners to contribute at a time, and from a place that suits them."

Wikis and Group Learning

Wikis are also a useful tool for facilitating online learning groups. They can be used to support the dissemination of information, to enable the exchange of ideas, and to facilitate group interaction. Further, wikis can be used to create a set of documents that reflect the shared knowledge of the learning group. Course wikis may include text, pictures, links to other resources and multimedia. With wikis, the dimensions of the training room can expand to give learners access to a global web of information and a worldwide audience.

Wiki Spirit

The following information has been taken (with permission) from Ben Miller's hums3001 wikispace.
This course is designed for students to learn about and demonstrate generous, scholarly collaborative critical practices. Some people think of effective collaborative wiki-building as requiring wiki spirit.

The most famous wiki in the world is wikipedia- the wiki-built encyclopaedia. An excellent guide to becoming a wikipedian is Phoebe Ayers, Charles Matthews and Ben Yates' How Wikipedia Works. The authors state that there are policies and there is a wiki spirit. This is similar to how you should think about this course. There are policies (the same that govern your everyday study - plagiarism, respect for others, etc) and there is a wikispirit. Some features of wiki spirit include:
  • Wikis are strengthened through diversity: the strength of a wiki is its ability to present many great ideas and points of views in one document. The diverse opinions and interpretations of a wiki's many contributors improve the content of a page.
  • Wiki boldness: 'Be bold and edit' is the basic thing to keep in mind here. If you can change a page for the better then do so. There are policies that govern a wikispace, but not rules as such. You can change what you want how you want so long as you feel it is making a page better by contributing to the building of a broad body of ideas, interpretations, investigations, information (the four i's in knowledge)
  • Wikis have a NPoV: Ayers, Matthews and Yates state that wikipedia has a "neutral point of view". This means that pages should reflect all sides of an argument (even if you are contributing just one side). If you think you are right (as most of us often do) it does not display wikispirit to erase and replace the content of a wiki. Instead, find a way to incorporate your ideas into an existing debate. Try inserting 'Some have argued that...', or 'It has been suggested that...', followed by 'On the other hand, it can also be suggested that...', or 'An article by X suggests the contrary, that...'. This displays respect for the ideas and work of others and helps build a wonderful, diverse and informative page.
  • Wiki spirit requires faith: It is often difficult not to take offence when someone edits your work. Good faith means that you look for the best in how others respond to and treat your work. If someone has edited your words and changed their meanings you should 'assume good faith' (AGF). This means that you make the decision to view someone's changes as their attempt to make the page better or the idea clearer. You can, of course, take note of the change and work to reincorporate your original idea if you feel you were originally misunderstood (thus building even more diversity).

Another important element in contributing to a wiki is wiki etiquette. The principles of wiki etiquette are stated in full at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki_etiquette We ask that you take a few minutes to read and understand them. We also have a short video of an interview with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on our 'Wiki Protocol' page for students who would like to learn more about the ways in which collaborations may work and may be encouraged in a group assessment environment.

Need Help?

If you need help using the wiki, see the 'Guide to using wikispaces' link under 'Help' under the lefthand Navigation table.
You may wish to practice editing and changing text in the 'sandbox' which is linked under help also.
If you are still struggling, contact your tutor as soon as possible.

Contact Us

If you have technical problems in accessing and editing your contributions to the wiki, please contact Mike Bogle at m.bogle@unsw.edu.au
For all other enquiries, please contact the course convener, Helen Caple, or your tutor.
Please also check out the FAQ section before contacting us, as you may find that your question has already been answered there.


Opinions expressed by contributors to the ARTS1091 Wikispace are solely those of the individual writers and do not reflect the opinions of the administrators of this wiki or the University of New South Wales.


Australian Flexible Learning Framework 2010, Why use wikis? accessed 14 May 2010, <http://designing.flexiblelearning.net.au/gallery/activities/wikis.htm>

Wiki logo

Wiki logo at top left is entitled 'Waterlilies', and is presented here courtesy of Banksy: http://aliontheair.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/banksy-waterlilies.jpg