|dc.contributor.author||Powell, Kim Elizabeth||-|
|dc.description.abstract||This study investigates young Australian adults‘ news consumption and how it informs their political participation. Not long ago, international research indicated that Generation Y/Millennials may be the first generation to abandon the news, and a society without news consumers would be bad for democracy. A strong democratic culture requires citizens to participate in the political process, and this mostly involves being reasonably informed through the news media. And so, with this concern about young adults‘ declining news consumption came the concurrent worry about their political participation. At the same time as these declines were being noted, news comedy (also known as late-night comedy) and social media were emerging as important sources of news for young adults. Very little of the research into news comedy has been conducted in Australia, and so this study aims to fill this gap.
The study uses Stuart Allan‘s (2004) news culture framework and Brian Loader, Ariadne Vromen, and Michael Xenos (2014) networked young citizen framework to conceptualise news consumption and political participation as everyday, everywhere activities that strengthen Australia‘s civic life. The data comes from 288 Australians aged 18-25 years, who completed an online survey that was circulated on Twitter – the most frequently-used social media platform for news. The vast majority are very high news consumers who get their news throughout the day on social media as they move across places and spaces, devices and platforms. They report that social media has increased their consumption of political news, and that they learn about current affairs and politics from news comedy. Almost all of the respondents have engaged in a range of participatory behaviours as a result of something they saw in the news.
Overall, this study shows that young Australian adults have not abandoned the news, and that with social media and mobile technologies, their news consumption and political participation are everyday, everywhere, and very ordinary parts of their lives. However, despite their high levels of news consumption most of the respondents had negative things to say about the news media, particularly the perceived irrelevance to their lives and the way the media portrays their age group.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||University of Sydney||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||School of Literature, Art, and Media||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Department of Media and Communications||en_AU|
|dc.rights||The author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.||en_AU|
|dc.subject||everyday political talk||en_AU|
|dc.subject||young Australian adults||en_AU|
|dc.title||Going with the flow: The everyday, everywhere news consumption and political participation of young Australian adults||en_AU|
|dc.type.pubtype||Doctor of Arts D.Arts||en_AU|
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