The current study examines the ways in which youth political engagement is constructed online, particularly through the use of social media technologies (SMTs). To investigate this further, a qualitative case study analysis of the youth organization, Apathy is Boring, was conducted. Using the organization’s microblog (i.e. Twitter page) as a source of data, a critical discourse analysis was conducted. Collectively, the findings of this study suggested that youth political engagement forms a complex network of meanings that reinforce the prevailing status quo on what is political, while shedding light on how new technologies such as SMTs are being used to bolster the power of authoritative figures to influence when, and by what means, engagement becomes political when young people are involved. Thus, the current study has contributed to existing literature by uncovering the underlying messages that are simultaneously utilized to define and engage young Canadians within issues of political interest.
|Keywords:||Youth, Politics, Engagement, Social Media Technology, Canada|
Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada