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  • Titill er á ensku “No wi-fi, no snacks, no friends” : adolescents in Iceland discussing media
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    This study aims to investigate the role of media as cultural capital among adolescents and give them space to share their lived experiences and their knowledge.
    How do adolescents describe their social landscape as it relates to the media they experience, the benefits of this cultural capital, and the repercussions of lacking this knowledge? What part does gender and identity play in their narratives? This study investigates how hyper-connected adolescents in Iceland select media, and how their experiences and tastes relate to agency, belonging, and empowerment.
    While there is an existing body of work on how media affects young people, the area of youth empowered research is still fairly new and open. This study’s purpose is to give space for adolescents to describe their lived experiences and share their knowledge.
    This qualitative study consisted of seven semi-structured interviews. The participants were 12 boys and girls aged 12 to 15 living in the greater Reykjavik area, divided into two groups. Each group met three times, plus one solo interview. Additionally, two media items suggested by the participants (Pretty Little Liars and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) were critically viewed to add depth and context to their discussions. The interview transcriptions were analyzed for recurring themes related to agency, belonging, and empowerment and interpreted through Bourdieu‘s concept of symbolic capital.
    This study focused on adolescents’ experiences in their own words. Two main themes appeared in the data: omnivores and experts. Youth culture requires that they stay constantly abreast of as much as possible while being prepared to engage in in-depth discussions too. Superficially trends, access to smart phones, and the ever-present fear of being judged dominated conversation, but they also talked about bonding, gender, and secretly pursuing individual interests despite peer pressure.

  • 9.9.2016

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