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Communication & Tradition

Essays after Eric Michaels


Regan, T (ed) (1990) 'Communication and Tradition: Essays after Eric Michaels' Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media & Culture Vol. 3, No. 2, 1990

'This issue… [of Continuum] can take its proper place as an appraisal, as a 'turn' in the long and indeterminate intellectual conversation about Eric's work that surely must continue through the 1990s. Continuum offers these readings, criticisms, and extensions of Eric Michaels' work in a context in which there are, already, so many competing 'readings' of Michaels in different places, disciplines, and for different publics.'

The essays include:

A model of teleported texts (with reference to Aboriginal television) by Eric Michaels

The belly of the beast: Eric Michaels and the anthropology of visual communication by Jay Ruby

TV as Cultural Technology: The Work of Eric Michaels by Tom O'Regan

Enlisting the Warlpiri by Tim Rowse

Aboriginal truth and white media: Eric Michaels meets the spirit of Aboriginalism by Robert Hodge

  • Tom O'Regan (1956-2020) held a series of key leadership roles throughout his career. He was Director of the Centre for Research in Culture and Communication from 1996 to 1998 at Murdoch University and Director of the Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy at Griffith University from 1999 to 2002. He was Australia's UNESCO Professor of Communication from 2001 to 2003 and elected a Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2002.He joined The University of Queensland as Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in 2004.