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Live Research? Reading the New Political Party Machines in Canada

May 31, 2011

by Phil Howard, Communication

On Wednesday April 27th, Dr. Greg Elmer gave a lecture on the role of streaming media in contemporary Canadian politics. He is the is Bell Globemedia Research Chair and Director of the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media, Ryerson University, Toronto. The lecture he gave features material he preparing with co-author with F. McKelvey and G. Langlois for a forthcoming book, “The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics” with Peter lang. Elmer is an internationally renowned scholar with expertise in political communication and digital media. In the last few Canadian elections, Dr. Elmer has also built “real-time” social science projects that analyze the flow of content out of campaign organizations of Canadian political parties, delivering the analysis to journalists and the broader public. His lecture, “Live Research? Reading the New Political Party Machines in Canada”, was co-sponsored by Canadian Studies and the Department of Communication, but in attendance were additional students and faculty from political science and the information school.

This program was supported, in part, by funding from a Canadian Studies Center Program Enhancement Grant, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Government of Canada.