The Internet and youth political participation

  • Mark E. Kann
  • Jeff Berry
  • Connor Grant
  • Phil Zager

Abstract

In this article, the authors examine how American youths' contributions to three online worlds - participatory culture, political consumerism, and civic engagement - function as possible gateways to their increased political participation. Youth involvement in these three online worlds suggests that the Internet creates opportunities for youth involvement in politics and provides a measure of motivation, facilitation, and invitation for that involvement. Nonetheless, for reasons discussed, it remains an open question whether youths will take full advantage of these opportunities.
Published
2007-08-06
How to Cite
Kann, M. E., Berry, J., Grant, C., & Zager, P. (2007). The Internet and youth political participation. First Monday, 12(8). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v12i8.1977