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News media in the 21st century: An examination of college students' surveillance gratifications and Twitter use
by Auverset, Lauren Anderson, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014, 116; 1592341
Abstract (Summary)

Social media have quickly and dynamically changed the way in which people communicate. Due to the constantly changing functions of these social media tools, and the ever-evolving environment of technological advancement, the academic literature and development of conceptual understandings of social media have been slow to develop. The purpose of this research was to analyze how individuals satisfy surveillance gratifications by accessing news stories via Twitter. The findings from this research study provide additional support to the current literature and existing research on communication, social media, and social network sites. Through examining the types of news media accounts college students follow on Twitter, the surveillance gratifications sought and obtained, and the levels of frequency and duration of Twitter use, this research study has made a significant contribution to understanding the motivations that push individuals to use Twitter to access and share the news.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Auter, Philip J.
Commitee: Dinu, Lucian F., Givens-Carroll, Dedria
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Journalism, Communication, Web Studies
Keywords: News, Social media, Social network sites, Surveillance, Twitter, Uses and gratifications
Publication Number: 1592341
ISBN: 978-1-321-87250-7
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