"No media, less life?" Online disconnection in mediatized worlds

  • Anne Kaun Södertörn University, Sweden University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Christian Schwarzenegger Augsburg University
Keywords: Mediatization, Media Life, Media Experiences, Media Connection, Media Disconnection

Abstract

In times when media are mundane fellows that are disappearing from our consciousness; when media usage is partly habitualized and therefore invisible, looking at disconnections rather than exclusively connection enables us to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to live in mediatized worlds. Media disconnection beyond digital divide and knowledge gap is, however, rarely addressed in current studies of mediatization. This paper is an attempt to explore specific forms of disconnection in conjunction with connection enabled by media. By using forced disruption of the daily stream of online engagement as a method, the article discusses how online disconnection can contribute to an understanding of media participation and its role in the everyday lives of young adults.



Published
2014-10-24
How to Cite
Kaun, A., & Schwarzenegger, C. (2014). "No media, less life?" Online disconnection in mediatized worlds. First Monday, 19(11). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v19i11.5497