YouTube and intergenerational communication: the case of Geriatric1927

Harley, David and Fitzpatrick, Geraldine (2009) YouTube and intergenerational communication: the case of Geriatric1927 Universal Access in the Information Society, 8 (1). pp. 5-20. ISSN 1615-5289

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This paper presents a case study of a 79 year old video blogger called ‘Geriatric1927’, and his use of the video sharing website, YouTube. Analysis of his first eight video blogs, and the subsequent text responses, reveals opportunities of this medium for intergenerational contact, reminiscence, reciprocal learning and co-creation of content, suggesting older people can be highly motivated to use computers when social contact is their aim. We conclude by noting the importance of technologies that are socially engaging and meaningful for older people and pointing to ways in which the social life of YouTube might be better promoted on its interface.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: (c) Springer-Verlag, 2008
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intergenerational communication; YouTube; video blog; older people; social software
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1007/s10209-008-0127-y
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2010 12:23
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2014 10:18

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