Net Geners Relate to News in New Ways

December 2008
Nieman Reports;Winter2008, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p18
The article examines how young people who have experienced the Internet for most of their lives act as mass media consumers and followers of news. Accustomed to the wide variety of digital communications, and far more likely to take up new means than are older adults, the primary feature of the young people's use of the Internet is their interaction with the information they obtain, and their ability to personalize that information through the tools provided online. Reliance on research tools such as Google rather than traditional books or newspapers does not mean the young are not avid consumers of news and information, merely that they experience it and expect it to be presented in a different way.


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