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COMET - Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication

New Reading Communities, New Modes of Reading

The project investigates how contemporary forms of reading, reception of texts and readerly production transform into new reading. In other words, the project examines the transition from individual reading to communal forms of reading and writing.

This transition is approached with the concepts of social media and participatory economy. In the context of this project, reading is understood as a social activity. Instead of predicting future technological developments, the project focuses on the new reading communities that currently take shape and are being defined in relation to social media, e-papers and magazines, as well as digital libraries.

Research data will be collected from young adults (the so-called Google generation born after 1980), the focus being in how they read, use different media and participate in communal reading and media activities. The empirical research will consist of a survey, media journals, focused interviews and focus group interviews. Data has been collected from students and hobby communities in the Tampere region.

Core research questions

  • What do young adults read in a new community culture?
  • How do young adults read? (viewing vs. concentrated reading, receptions vs. production)
  • How viewing and concentrated reading, reception and production interconnect?
  • What else (i.e. identity work, profession, pleasure) is reading interconnected with?
  • What needs do the complex ways of reading and production respond to?
  • How do the respondents find the texts they immerse in?
  • What is the relationship between content creation and other textual activies?

Typologies and categories predicting reading communities of 2020 will be created based on the data collected.

Project blog (in Finnish) http://uulu.wordpress.com/

 

Contact person

Professor Mikko Lehtonen

tel. +358 3 3551 6273

Researchers

Dr.Soc.Sc., Docent Juha Herkman

tel. +358 40-190 9759

M.A. Eliisa Vainikka

tel. +358 3 3551 8061

Partner

Helsingin Sanomat Foundation

Duration 2010 – 2012

 
Post address: Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication, FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland
Visiting address: Kalevantie 4, E-Wing,(3 rd floor)
Maintained by: cmt.info@uta.fi
Last update: 10.2.2012 10.53 Muokkaa

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