At least that's the way it seems on theconversation.edu.au/pages/future-of-media a site that describes itself as:
"...an independent source of analysis, commentary and news from the university and research sector — written by acknowledged experts and delivered directly to the public. Our team of professional editors work with more than 3,400 registered academics and researchers to make this wealth of knowledge and expertise accessible to all."
Have a look at that page. Most, if not all of the "Analysis and Comment" pieces are either about newspapers, their websites, their proprietors (and potential future proprietors), and whether newspapers need to be regulated.
I hope it's not just me, or does this show a mindset that is a little stuck?
Thanks to the internet the concept of "The Media" has changed massively over the past few years. Twitter, blogging, Youtube, Facebook and just plain access to alternative news sites means that the Australian media scene is so much more than the daily rags, tv and radio. Yet, here we have the conversation with nary a mention of any of the above, or even something that looks at how people's consumption of media has changed.
Surely amongst the 3500 academics and experts there is someone who is genuinely thinking about the future of media, not just about whether newspapers are going to last the next five years.