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A Generational Thing? The Internet and New Forms of Social Intercourse
Department of Communication and Media, Lund University, Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies.
2012 (English)In: Continuum. Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, ISSN 1030-4312, E-ISSN 1469-3666, Vol. 26, no 3, 487-499 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on the work of Karl Mannheim this article analyses the internet as a generational phenomenon. It makes use of two different, but in generational terms interrelated empirical materials. In the first case study, data from focus group interviews and individual interviews with a total 55 young Swedes (15-25 years). These data reveal how young Swedes tend to understand illegal file sharing as a generational issue. Among other things, they consider themselves rather than middle-aged politicians to be the actual legal authorities within the area.

The second case study is based on a youth council, Lunds ungdomsting. The research project started with an ambition to understand the internet's role in engaging young people. The initial analyses, however, revealed that although the internet plays a role, it cannot usefully be separated from other activities. We consider and analyse this observation through Mannheim's terminology: the youth council members' generational experience of the internet has naturalized it as a form of communication in a manner that makes distinctions between online and offline action obsolete.

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2012. Vol. 26, no 3, 487-499 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-16040DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2012.665842ISI: 000304211400013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-16040DiVA: diva2:440579
Available from: 2011-09-13 Created: 2011-09-13 Last updated: 2016-09-19Bibliographically approved

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