ICA Presentation: Cultural Divides and Digital Inequalities–Attitudes Shaping Internet and Social Media Divides


April 7th, 2017

May 29, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 2, Indigo Ballroom A
1 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

During the International Communication Association (ICA) conference in San Diego, CA, our Director Bill Dutton and Assistant Director Bibi Reisdorf will present results on two studies they conducted over the past year. Below you can find the abstract for their paper presentation at 8am on Monday, 5/29/2017.

The attitudes and values of Internet (non)users have been studied over the years, but rarely used to identify broader ‘cultures of the Internet’ and their role in shaping digital divides. This paper builds on research in Britain, which focused on attitudes underpinning Internet cultures, to explore the degree that similar or distinctive cultures have developed in the USA, and whether and how they are useful in explaining digital divides. This study utilizes original data drawn from a 2016 telephone survey of residents across the State of Michigan that adapts survey items and methods from the Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) of Britain. Based on these survey responses, the paper identifies and describes the cultures of the Internet among Michigan residents, as an exploratory case of the US as a whole, and shows how these cultures shape digital divides in Internet and social media use across this one American state.


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