Last week I had the honor of opening the 9th Aarau Democracy Days on the role of media in direct democracy with a key note on “(Direct) Democracy in the Age of Individualized Media Use”. I was very happy to have an occasion to present first results from my study on public disconnection, fragmentation of digital audience and indirect news use in Switzerland , supported by the NCCR democracy and the Institute for Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich.
You can either catch the live Facebook feed here.
or you can read a summarized version on the blog defacto.
Both are in (high) German.
At the ICA preconference on “Social & Semantic Networks in Communication Research” my team is presenting a methodological paper on the usefulness of network analysis for exploring the complexitiy of news content. Using our dataset on political claims in the coverage of the Austrian 2013 national election campaign, the analysis employs the network measures density, centralization and heterogeneity to show that while the issue coverage of quality papers does appear to be more complex than that of tabloid papers, the actor networks display no systematic differences in complexity between the two types of newspapers. Check out the conference paper at the preconference website.
I’ll be presenting two papers at the ICA in Seattle this year:
“Multi-media Theme Repertoires in the Everyday Identity Practices of Young Adults” with Kati Förster
“Media as a Mirror of Societal Norms? Norms and Values in Media Content” with Cordula Nitsch
For more information on this year’s ICA, click here: http://www.icahdq.org/
My team and I will present three papers at the German annual conference for communication research in Passau this year (28.-30.05.2014):
- “Intermedia-Agenda-Setting zwischen Online-Nachrichten und traditionellen Medien” (together with Ramona Vonbun, Klaus Schönbach)
- “Politische Vielfalt in Online- und Offline-Öffentlichkeiten zur österreichischen Nationalratswahl 2013″ (together with Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Martin Haselmayer, Carina Jacobi, Ramona Vonbun and Klaus Schönbach)
- “Twitter als Agenda-Setter?” (together with Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Ramona Vonbun, as well as Axel Maireder and Stephan Schlögl from TANEP)
For more information on the conference, please click here: http://www.dgpuk2014.de/tagungsinformationen/tagungsprogramm/
This week I’ll be presenting my analysis of the fragmentation of the public sphere from the perspective of the Austrian citizens at the 3-Country-Conference “Politics of Diversity” in Innsbruck (on Friday, Sep. 20th). Based on a secondary analysis of a standardized survey on the usage of all 68 Austrian general news media (print, TV, radio and online) I can show that 17 percent of the Austrian citizens are either only precariously or not at all connected to the Austrian public sphere via news media. By expanding the opportunity-ability-motivation-model (Luskin, 1990) with an additional dimension (=trust) to account for the particular characteristics of public connection or news exposure as a form of political participation, I have developed a theoretical model to explain the different degrees of public connection: The duty to keep informed as well as talking with others about politics emerge as key predictors of public connection. Furthermore, disconnected citizens are characterized by a distinct lack of trust in both the political system and the media.
Please follow the link for the conference programme.
Today I’ll be presenting a paper by my colleague Kati Förster and me on “The role of cross-medial genre repertoires in the identity construction of young audiences” at the IAMCR in Dublin. If you’re interested, please join us at 2pm in HG20!