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Information, expression, participation: how involvement in user-generated content relates to democratic engagement among young people
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Media and communication studies)
2012 (English)In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315, Vol. 14, no 6, p. 1004-1021Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A number of studies have linked citizens’ involvement in user-generated content (UGC) on the internet to democratic engagement. Whereas previous research implies a view of UGC involvement as the processing of political information, this study conceptualizes and operationalizes UGC involvement in terms of a distinct audience experience based on expressivity, performance and collaboration. Analysis of survey data from Swedish adolescents in the 13–17 age range shows that UGC involvement predicts offline as well as online political participation. In contrast to informational media use, however, UGC involvement is negatively related to political knowledge. The findings are compatible with recent theories suggesting that the expressive, performative and collaborative features of UGC involvement can promote political participation. Implications of the findings for youth democratic engagement are discussed.

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Sage Publications, 2012. Vol. 14, no 6, p. 1004-1021
Keywords [en]
internet use; political knowledge; political participation; user-generated content; youth
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Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-21574DOI: 10.1177/1461444812438212ISI: 000307721700007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84861362588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-21574DiVA, id: diva2:495562
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Political Socialization and Human Agency: The Development of Civic Engagement from Adolescence to Young AdulthoodAvailable from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-09 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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