‘Television’s transition to the internet: disability accessibility and broadband-based TV in Australia ‘: An Analysis

In this blog I will analyse Katie Ellis’s 2014, ‘Television’s transition to the internet: disability accessibility and broadband-based TV in Australia ‘, published Media international Australia. The purpose of the text is to describe the ways in which the technological revolution has aided the disabled in getting access to different programs.
The author of this article is Katie Ellis who is a Senior Research Fellow in Internet Studies, Curtin University. This means that she is qualified to more accurately assess the impacts.
The intended audience is the wider community, however with a focus on groups that are interested or have a disability, or are interested in the possible impacts of the NBN. The author is expecting the audience to react to the NBN- a somewhat controversial scheme- with a larger amount of understanding and optimism on the impacts it can have for the less able. I as a reader am part of the intended audience as I have a scholarly interest in the content.
The information is presently as objectively as possibly, however with a clear view of the positives of the NBN, making the author’s stance clear. She presents information that is both for and against, however she makes her personal and academic opinion clear.
The author puts a large amount of importance in firsthand information she’s collected, namely interviews with disabled citizens and people closely involved with people living with disabilities. As the NBN is only a new technology is Australia, there is yet to be a large amount of other scholarly information available, thus the amount of other research articles she has reference are minimal.
The finding of the text are re-enforced with first-hand data. This research acts to fill in an information gap in the scholarly articles available on the subject. However the research is only based off a very small sample size of test subjects, thus cannot be guaranteed to hold consistent with a nationwide investigation. The text is broken into sections to make it easier for the reader to distinguish between different subjects covered. This helps the reader more easily digest the information.
It is written in a relaxed, yet still academic tone. It is in third person, with jargon only limited to the absolutely necessary. The author has kept the voice of the participants positive about the effects of the NBN on people living with disabilities; however there is some disagreement on the extent of the positive flow-through. It is a relatively unique article, however is does hold up with other journals released on the effect of the technological revolution on the lives of the hearing and visually impaired.


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