Graduate Research Papers

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Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Keywords

Young adult literature; Social media; Mobile communication systems; Telecommunication;

Abstract

Digital communications are profoundly influencing young adult communications; yet little is known about how novels that use digital communications such as text messages, e-mails, or blogs as the voice and point of view. The purpose of this qualitative content analysis was to analyze how select young adult novels portray digital communications themes using the following research questions: What digital communication themes are portrayed in young adult literature that use digital communication as the voice and point of view? In what ways are the digital communication themes developed in these young adult novels? In what ways might these themes inspire young adults to consider issues such as ethics and safety in their own digital communication practices and experiences? The study found that the novels used many forms of communication to support the narrative voice including blogs, e-mail, IM, text messages and social networking sites. The themes of establishing interpersonal connections, constructing identity and relationships with family were also analyzed through the books.

Date of Award

2012

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Division of School Library Studies

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Date Original

2012

Object Description

48 p.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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