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SBS CQ Cultural Intelligence - The New Digital Divide?

Are new communications technologies bringing us closer together or driving us further apart?

Since the arrival of satellite television and the internet Australia’s media landscape has been radically transformed. Where there were once five free-to-air TV stations, now viewers can tune in hundreds of channels in any language they choose.

The rise of the internet and social media have also given access to an explosion of information sources from all over the world which are available at any time of the day and at the click of a button.

So what impact are these new technologies having on our ability to connect with each other? Are we becoming better informed global citizens or are we becoming increasingly detached from the society and people around us?

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About the SBS CQ Forum

SBS CQ is a forum series and online resource around media practice, particularly as it relates to Australian cultural diversity. CQ draws on research, commentary and a range of views to take debates further around the ways media reflect, shape and interpret our society.

This special debate – the third in the series – is hosted by award-winning journalist Stan Grant, and poses the question:
Who should tell Indigenous stories?
Guests state that the media fails to cover Indigenous issues in any depth, or that it only focuses on conflict and negativity. The forum discusses how any negative portrayal of Indigenous stories in the media can shape society and affect public policy.

CQ is also an online resource for media students, practitioners and researchers, providing a space for recent research aligned with the topics we cover. Feel free to comment, contribute or contact us: email

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