Communicating Civic Engagement: Contrasting Models of Citizenship in the Youth Web Sphere

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Discipline 1 Political science
Discipline 2
Publication Title Communicating Civic Engagement: Contrasting Models of Citizenship in the Youth Web Sphere
Description Communication aimed at promoting civic engagement may become problematic when citizen roles undergo historic changes. In the current era, younger generations are embracing more expressive styles of actualizing citizenship defined around peer content sharing and social media, in contrast to earlier models of dutiful citizenship based on one-way communication managed by authorities. An analysis of 90 youth Web sites operated by diverse civic and political organizations in the United States reveals uneven conceptions of citizenship and related civic skills, suggesting that many established organization are out of step with changing civic styles.
Publication Year 2011
Publication Author W. Lance Bennett, Chris Wells, Deen Freelon
Publication Type Study
Publisher Journal of Communication
Major Funders
Publication Link http://dfreelon.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/bennettwellsfreelon2011.pdf