Youth Information Transformers as Actors of Change

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Presentation given by Gavan Titley at a workshop held by EYCA in Bratislava, Slovakia. June 2009.

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Youth Information Transformers as Actors of Change

  1. 1. Youth information transformers as actors of change
  2. 2. Transforming information for young people <ul><li>Living in an information age? </li></ul><ul><li>The politics of information </li></ul><ul><li>The informational worlds of young people </li></ul>
  3. 4. John Ellis’ Seeing Things (2002): <ul><li>Era of scarcity: post-war industrial welfare state, developing mass consumer society, national consolidation, public service broadcasting (1950s – late 1970s)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Era of availability : commercial competition, satellite, post-industrial social formations, politics of identity and difference, citizens and consumers (late 1970s – early 2000s)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Era of plenty: digital television, technological convergence and interactivity, tailored media, further audience fragmentation, ‘time famine and choice fatigue’ </li></ul>
  4. 5. Or… What did you think of X last night? To Did you see X last night? To Have you heard of X?
  5. 7. Informational stacking: Powerpoint <ul><li>A fact </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe a quote </li></ul><ul><li>Another fact </li></ul><ul><li>Ok then maybe another </li></ul><ul><li>But no more than that </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks </li></ul>
  6. 12. Transforming information: <ul><li>What makes our channel reliable and legitimate? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes it worth paying attention to? </li></ul><ul><li>What are our sources and how do we display them? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we provide countervailing information? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we (can we) put issues and information in wider frameworks and contexts of understanding? </li></ul>
  7. 13. Young People, the Internet and Civic Participation <ul><li>European Commission/Civicweb project: How do civic websites for young people conceptualise their audience? </li></ul><ul><li>Huge variation in views of the ‘connected disconnected’ generation </li></ul><ul><li>Young people exist in specific, real local contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Producers assumed that because they are young they can communicate with young people </li></ul><ul><li>Problem: information to empower those who are already empowered? </li></ul><ul><li>Many recognised that young people are frequently wrongly defined by institutions that provide information for them </li></ul>
  8. 14. Down with the kids… <ul><li>Engage young people through popular culture/entertainment? </li></ul><ul><li>Attempt to speak to young people in ‘their’ language? </li></ul><ul><li>Differences in how civic engagement of young people is viewed: how to be serious? </li></ul>

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