As part of DeakinWeek 2012 OurSay ran the 'Year of the Protester' forum, where users were asked to post and vote for questions on new media and democracy. The top three questions were answered at a panel discussion on September 3 at the Victorian State Library.
The full unedited response footage is available here.
“Robert Doyle joined Twitter and Facebook as part of his campaign to be re-elected as Mayor of Melbourne. "Hello. I am Robert Doyle, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne. I'd love to chat directly about what interests we share and concerns you have about Melbourne." When people started to raise their concerns over his heavy handed approach to political demonstrations he deleted his Facebook account and suspended his Twitter stream. Are campaigns like #AskDoyle creating a deeper form of democracy where politicians will be held to account? ”
“With Kony2012 as an example, I think it was undisputedly successful in grabbing worldwide attention. However, can social media properly inform the youth to raise genuine concern about important issues that have been trivialised? Or does it just create a fad that is quickly forgotten, as is the nature of digital media? ”
“What can be done to stop the inaccurate and sensational portrayal of science in the media. Many "controversial" issues raised in the media regarding science are not regarded, by actual scientists, as matters of contention. Giving the two sides of various issues equal footing presents the image of debate, and often thwarts efforts to fix major problems. ”