Tuesday, June 26
3:50 PM-4:10 PM
De Dam 1

Exploring Digital Citizenship in the Social Media Landscape through the Lens of a Blogging Community

Brief Paper ID: 53313
  1. John Stephens
    School of Government, UNC Chapel Hill
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    Stefanie Panke
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Abstract: This article reports the results of a qualitative interview study on the concept of digital citizenship as perceived by a blogger collaborative whose members share a common focus on community engagement. We analyze interview material with eight bloggers who represent a mix of public administration scholars, local government professionals, social activists and community leaders to explore two questions: What is digital citizenship from a local government perspective? How can social media support (or hinder) digital citizenship and civic engagement? This is a second analysis of the interview material. Whereas a previous review focused on the blog community, we developed and applied a new coding scheme to appreciate the breadth and depth of comments regarding the triangle of digital citizenship, social media and civic engagement in local government.

Presider: Stephanie Panke, Univ. of North Carolina


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