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dc.contributor.authorEnglish, Kristin Nicole
dc.description.abstractThe culture of communication has changed with the introduction of emergent communication technology. Tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and various blogs have changed the way we communicate. This study examines how politicians perceive and utilize these tools in their relationships with young citizens through the lens of dialogic theory. Through interviews, this dissertation reveals support for previous research indicating the lack of interactivity used by political communicators in their online communication. Results from the experimental phase indicated an overall lack of support for hypotheses raised. Future research calls for more in-depth study of dialogic theory and further examination of how emergent communication can provide insight into how to manage relationships between political campaigns and their young citizen constituents.
dc.subjectDialogic theory
dc.subjectPolitical public relations
dc.subjectPolitical engagement
dc.subjectPolitical information efficacy
dc.subjectEmergent communication technology
dc.subjectSocial networking
dc.subjectSocial media
dc.titleChatting with digital natives
dc.title.alternativean analysis of how political communicators and young citizens interact with emergent communication technology
dc.description.departmentGrady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
dc.description.majorMass Communication
dc.description.advisorRuthann Lariscy
dc.description.committeeRuthann Lariscy
dc.description.committeeSpencer Tinkham
dc.description.committeeKaye D. Sweetser
dc.description.committeeBarry Hollander
dc.description.committeeAudrey Haynes

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