MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics

Working paper

Digital media literacy education and online civic and political participation

Judged by traditional standards, levels of youth civic and political commitment and activity in America are the lowest of all demographic groups and until recently have been declining. At the same time, youth are highly engaged with digital media, such as social media, blogging, video...

Youth online activity and exposure to diverse perspectives

Surveying online practices of American youth and their civic and political engagement, this working paper finds that most youth are not consistently exposed to either echo chambers or divergent perspectives. Some see the Internet as a means of exposure to divergent perspectives, while others believe...