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dc.contributor.advisorheinz, matthew
dc.contributor.authorMeyer, Kim
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T20:45:11Z
dc.date.available2016-08-23T20:45:11Z
dc.date.issued2016-08-23
dc.date.submitted2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10170/919
dc.description.abstractCanadians in the 18 to 24-year-old age bracket have a measurably high level of engagement in computer mediated communication (CMC) and a measurably low level of engagement in traditional politics, in comparison to older population groups. In this exploratory study I set out to determine specifically how participants use CMC to engage in politics, and to more broadly understand their knowledge, views, and thoughts regarding politics and regarding communicating in the digital realm. I interviewed five university students between 18 and 20 years of age using a semi structured interview format. The participants tracked CMC usage for a 24 hour period to provide an objective measure of how they engaged in CMC to supplement their interview narrative. Using constructivist grounded theory methodology, key themes emerged in evaluation of how and why participants engage in CMC, and in their views of, and engagement with, politics. These themes were further investigated through the lenses of media ecology, social capital, and social network theories.en_US
dc.subjectcomputer-mediated communicationen_US
dc.subjectdigital mediaen_US
dc.subjectmedia ecologyen_US
dc.subjectpolitical engagementen_US
dc.subjecttechnologyen_US
dc.subjectyouthen_US
dc.titleDigital democracy : from Gutenberg to Gatesen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. in Professional Communicationen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.degree.disciplineSchool of Communication and Cultureen_US


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