Young citizens, values and new/s media

Spurgeon, Christina L., Ferrier, Liz, Gunders, Lisa, & Graham, Phil (2012) Young citizens, values and new/s media. Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 26(6), pp. 911-922.

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The adaptation of market segmentation to political communication is identified here as a neglected explanation for why young people often figure in popular political debates as both the cause and symptom of declining social values and civic participation. New media also contribute to public anxiety because they enable new forms of mediated civic engagement and disrupt the capacity of transmission media to bind nations. Declining engagement with news media is used as an index of young peoples' lack of civic-mindedness but, as research surveyed and reported here shows, this trend away from orthodox news forms is apparent across all age groups, not just youth. This article makes the case for public debate, informed by research that addresses the substantive problems of transforming democracy.

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ID Code: 55521
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: values, civic participation, youth people, digital media, news
DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2012.734598
ISSN: 1469-3666
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the [Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies] [2012] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2012 04:19
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 22:50

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