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Ariadna Fernández: Keeping up with the news: youth culture, social activism & digital communication

Ariadna Fernández: Keeping up with the news: youth culture, social activism & digital communication

The thesis presents a global exploration of youth information behaviour, both in their daily lives and in specific situations.

 

18.01.2016

18/01/2016

 

Ariadna Fernández handed on her PHD Thesis, 

Keeping up with the news. Youth culture, social activism & digital communication.

Thesis director: Dra. Mònica Figueras.

The thesis presents a global exploration of youth information behaviour, both in their daily lives and in specific situations. Media and information consumption habits among young people and young activists have been studied, as well as the media used for news consumption, the motivations to choose information from one media or another, and youth expectations about news content. 

It is a thesis submitted in the form of compendium of publications. Each of the six papers contributes to enhance the understanding of young people’s information behaviour in different stages, ages and contexts. The first approach is made through teenagers’ media habits. Afterwards, the thesis delves into a specific context (activism) and a particular media practice (keeping up with the news). The results show us a broad and comprehensive picture of young people’s media ecology. More concretely, it sheds light on the ecology of young activists who participated in the so-called networked social movements, such as the 15M Movement or the Umbrella Movement. Therefore, our research provides insight into a crucial age group that can help us to understand future trends of the communicative landscape. The thesis also provides models of analysis that can be used for future research and/or by other researchers.

 

Photo credits: Sylvia Gutiérrez

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