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“Would You Like to Talk?” Using Media Use and Interpersonal Communication to Predict Civic Engagement

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DOI: 10.4236/ajc.2019.72002    246 Downloads   546 Views
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By adopting the social capital theory, this study explored the role of traditional media use, Internet use, and personal talk in predicting civic engagement. The results from a national survey showed that despite the strong bivariate correlation between civic engagement and Internet access as well as traditional mass media use, when interpersonal talk was controlled, some of the significant relationships disappeared. This study suggested that online information seeking and political use of mass media may facilitate the collective action and have the potential to affect the health of civic society. Implications of the results are discussed.

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Xie, W. (2019) “Would You Like to Talk?” Using Media Use and Interpersonal Communication to Predict Civic Engagement. Advances in Journalism and Communication, 7, 19-34. doi: 10.4236/ajc.2019.72002.

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