Dr David Holmes

Biography

I was educated at Swinburne University and the University of Melbourne, in Media Studies, Political Science and Social Theory. In 1994 I completed a PhD in Social Theory, within the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Melbourne. In 1995 I took up a post at Griffith University in sociology, and since then have taught sociology, communications and sociology of communications at Griffith University, UNSW and Monash University.

I have four books in the sociology of communications field including two edited volumes: Virtual Politics: Identity and Community in Cyberspace (Sage 1997) and Virtual Globalisation: Virtual Spaces, Tourist Spaces (Routledge 2001), a monograph Communication Theory: Media, Technology and Society (Sage 2005) and a Key Concepts in Media and Communications (Sage 2011) co-authored with Paul Jones (UNSW) Over ten, years I have also co-authored three editions of an Australian sociology textbook (2003, 2007 and 2011) with Roberta Julian and Katie Hughes.

For the latest edition I have written a new chapter contextualizing the problems of communicating climate science in Australian society and am working on a new book proposal dealing with the role of New Media in Mobile Privatisation.

Research Interests

Recent interests in media sociology include:

Social Media: Blogging, Microblogging, Social Networking

I am interested in the extraordinary popularity of social media worldwide and the way it has overtaken ‘avatar’ forms of online engagement.  People are using social networking to maintain relationships in a way they feel gives them control (whether this is illusory or not) and in ways that they can expand their social circle. At the same time, the rise of social media in particular nations generally corresponds to a decline in social capital in the social institutions within those nations. Thus I am interested in the differences between popular social media around the world, including Facebook and Ren Ren, Weibo and Twitter and new forms of collective discussion such as the self-organising social news website Reddit. My key paper in this area is “What is ‘social’ about social media” in Communications and Convergence Review 2011.

Climate Change Communication

 As a researcher who undertook postgraduate studies in a history and philosophy of science department, I am interested in the divide that exists between the reporting of climate change and climate science. Climate scientists are restrained by the need to be cautious and direct their communication to other scientists, whereas most reporting on climate change in Australia, for example, lack the scientific context for explaining extreme weather events, such as the floods, firestorms and more frequent cyclones seen in recent years.  A key publication in this area is a book chapter “ Changing the climate: Modernity at its limits” in Holmes D, Hughes K and Julian R Australian Sociology: A Changing Society 2012) Recently, I received funding from the Arts Faculty for a research project examining climate change communication in Australia entitled: Climate Change Communication: Understanding the Great Divide, co-researched with Dr. Deb Anderson from Journalism Studies and Prof. Nigel Tapper, Geography and Environmental Science. At the The Conversation I have also published on the topic of ‘imagining climate change’, with Four Hiroshima Bombs per Second.

Political Communication

I began as a columnist at The Conversation in August 2013 examining the media coverage of the 2013 Federal Election. As co-chair of the media panel I published a range of articles on the tabloid coverage of the election, the leaders debates, the use of social media, thepolitical economy of the election coverage, the politics of poll publishing, and the coverage of climate change issues. 

In September 2013, I continued with my own column entitled: Changing Climates. The column crosses the areas of Politics & Society, Environment & Energy, and analyses the relationships between political climates, media power and climate change. 

Urban Media Cultures

I have an ongoing interest in the relationship between media and urban space.

How is the shopping mall the ‘television we walk around inside of’. What is the relationship between the motor car and the mobile phone in providing private cocoons of insularity for their users? These urban realities are examples of what Raymond Williams calls ‘mobile privatisation’ – the increased personalization of urban worlds, that at the same time provide the experience of greater freedom and mobility. A key text here is my edited book “Virtual Globalisation: Tourist Spaces/ Virtual Spaces, Routledge. This area of research informs a new cornerstone unit in the Communications and Media Program: New Media: From the Telegraph to Twitter.

Communications Theory

My ongoing research interest is in a comparative view of the major trends in communications theory, including effects research, the work of media sociologist Jean Baudrillard, ritual theory, contemporary medium theory and convergence theory.

Audience Theory

Part of my interest in communications theory is looking at the fate of traditional mass media. Are we seeing the end of the audience? If so, why do advertisers still pour most of their budget into broadcast advertising? Is ‘active audience’ theory an apology for advertising? Do online platforms have an audience in the same sense as broadcast?

Selected Publications

Books

Holmes, D., Hughes, K and Julian, R (2012) Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, Third Edition: Sydney, Pearson ISBN 978 0 7339 7867 8

Jones, P and Holmes, D (2011) Key Concepts in Media and Communications, London, Sage, 978-1-4129-2822-9

Holmes, D (2009) Mei jie, ke ji yu she hui chuan bo li lun de mian xiang (Chinese translation) of Communication Theory: Media, Technology, Society) trans Weiwen Zhao; Guo li bian yi guan; Publisher Taibei Xian Yonghe Shi, ISBN 076197069X

Holmes, D (2005) Communication Theory: Media, Technology, Society, London, Sage ISBN 0 7619 7070 3

Book Chapters

Holmes, D and Sullivan, R (2013) ‘The Media, Terror, Industrial Complex’ in Daniela Pisolu (ed) (2013) Arguing Counter-Terrorism London, Routledge (forthcoming)

Holmes, D (2012) ‘Changing the Climate: Modernity at its Limits’ in Holmes, D., Hughes, K and Julian, R Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, (3nd Edition), Sydney, Pearson,. pp. 381-421

Holmes, D (2012) ‘Globalisation and the City’ in Holmes, D., Hughes, K and Julian, R Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, (3nd Edition), Sydney, Pearson, pp. 453-491

Holmes, D (2012) ‘Media, Popular Culture and the networked society’ in Holmes, D., Hughes, K and Julian, R Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, (3nd Edition),,Sydney, Pearson, pp. 491-520

Refereed Journal Articles and Conference Proceedings

Holmes, D (2012) ‘The Role of the Sacred in Baudrillard’s Anthropology of Communication’ in Thesis Eleven, Special Issue, (Forthcoming 2013)

Holmes, D (2012) The Media Literacy Divide: Media Ecology Perspectives on Media Literacy in Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Media Literacy, Communication University of China and Lanzhou University, Lanzhou University, China, 27-28 August 2012 (forthcoming 2013)

Holmes, D (2011) ‘What’s “Social” about social media’ in Communications and Convergence Review, Volume 3, No. 2, 105-115 ISSN2092-8084

Holmes, D (2009) ‘Ritual and Media: the legacies of French Anthropology’ at Australia and New Zealand Communications Association Annual Conference, Queensland University of Technology 8-10 July, 2009 ISBN 987-1-74107-275-4

Holmes, D (2008) ‘Clutching at Straw Media:: Talking up the Internet to Open Up Media Monopolies’ in Tebbutt, J (ed.) Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand Communications Association Annual Conference, Melbourne University 6-8 July, published by Latrobe University, 2008, ISBN 978-0-646-49066-3 available at http://www.latrobe.edu.au/ANZCA2007/proceedings/Holmes.pdf

Holmes, D (2007) Plenty of Oxygen: Terrorism, News Media and the Politics of the Security State, World Communication Association conference, Brisbane Australia 27-31 July

Encyclopedia Entries

Holmes, D (2010) ‘Computer-Mediated Communication’ in Karen. A. Foss and Stephen W Littlejohn (eds) The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory, Sage, London

Holmes, D (2010) ‘New Media Theory’ in Karen. A. Foss and Stephen W Littlejohn (eds) The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory, Sage, London.

Holmes, D (forthcoming 2013) ‘Communication Theories’ in Marcel Denasi (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Media and Communication, Toronto, University of Toronto Press.

Conference papers

Holmes, D (2013) ‘The Tabloidization of Climate Change’ at Four Round Conference: Media Engagement: East and West, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong 8-11 May, 2013

Holmes, D (2012) ‘The Role of the Sacred in Baudrillard’s Anthropology of Communication’ at ‘The Elementary Forms of Religious Life: Symposium’ Department of Sociology, Flinders University, 20-21 September, 2012

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Holmes, D (2012) Convergence and Media Concentration in Australia, at ‘Managing the Media: Policy, Regulation and Engagement’ Four Round International Conference in Communications and Media, Monash University, 12th and 13th of April, 2012

Holmes, D (2011) ‘What’s “Social” about social media’ in Communications and Convergence Review, Issue Number 5.

Holmes, D (2010) Learning from Venus: The Dystopian Humanism of James Hansen’s Climate Science at Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe, Fourth Australian Conference on Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction, Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Monash University, August 30-September 1, 2010.

Holmes, D (2010) ‘Global Capitalism and the Problem of Climate Change Inertia, at The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, December 6-8 2010

Holmes, D (2009) ‘Ritual and Media: the legacies of French Anthropology’ at Australia and New Zealand Communications Association Annual Conference, Queensland University of Technology 8-10 July, 2009

Holmes, D (2008) ‘The Teleologies of globalization and convergence: What Happened to the Global Village’ The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, The University of Melbourne, December 5-7, 2008.

Holmes, D (2008) ‘‘Digitalisation, Globalisation and Convergence: Problems with the Mono- Media Thesis’ International and Intercultural Communications in the Age of Digital Media’ Conference held at Monash University August 11-13th 2008.

Holmes, D (2007) Plenty of Oxygen: Terrorism, News Media and the Politics of the Security State, World Communication Association conference, Brisbane Australia 27-31 July

Holmes, D (2007) ‘The Fallacies and Fortunes of Interactivity’ at The Media Ecology Association’ Annual Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, June 4 -10, 2007

Holmes, D (2007) ‘Clutching at Straw Media:: Talking up the Internet to Open Up Media Monopolies’ at Australia and New Zealand Communications,Association Annual Conference, Melbourne University 6-8 July

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