Edited By Esther Thorson, Mitchell S. McKinney and Dhavan Shah
Chapter Eighteen: Young Citizens’ Use of Digital and Traditional Political Information
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Young Citizens’ Use OF Digital AND Traditional Political Information
J. BRIAN HOUSTON AND MITCHELL S. McKINNEY
If there is one constant in the modern American political environment, it is the continual evolution of the political news and information landscape. The United States was founded on the printed word, and since that time different forms of communication technologies have emerged on the American political scene affecting the ways citizens communicate and learn about politics (Pfau, Houston, & Semmler, 2007; Prior, 2007). In fact, the rate of political news source change appears to be accelerating. Cable and satellite television, the Internet, and now cell phones and smartphones have provided more diverse, tailored, and dynamic political information sources. As these new information forms have emerged and spread, the audience for older and more traditional forms of political information (e.g., newspapers, broadcast television news) has declined (Pew Research Center, 2010, 2011).
The current research attempts to make sense of the changing political news and information landscape by exploring young citizens’ political media use during a presidential campaign. We focus on the use of political news sources by young citizens because youth are the segment of society that most readily adopts new information technologies (Pew Research Center, 2010, 2011). Thus the current news use patterns of young citizens may portend what will constitute established and traditional information use patterns in the future. In this study we examine how the different...
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