Publication: Self-created digital content sharing in retirement

Today a book arrived, Media, Margins and Popular Culture, with the second publication from my PhD. My article relates to statistics showing that the retired population in the United Kingdom is rising and growth in the use of digital technologies and the internet are also increasing within this age group. However, a polarised view of this age range has emerged as either a ‘tech-savvy’ ‘silver surfer’ web user or a fearful, ‘digitally dismissive’ reticent nonuser. This suggests an oversimplified perception of the over-65s, a section of society often ignored in qualitative internet research, and overlooks growing numbers who are using digital technology and the internet for something more than to search and consume online goods and materials. Continue reading

Presentation: The problem with ‘digital generation’: A study of adult digital content creators

I recently gave a presentation at the 2015 Generations themed MeCSSA conference at Northumbria University in Newcastle. What follows is outline and slide presentation.

Karl Mannheim (1952 [1928]) wrote about problems associated with use of the term ‘generation’. He argued that generational consciousness within a generation is not necessarily homogeneous or coherent, as there will be divergent views and practices within any group. Indeed one of the main criticisms arising from comparisons and differentiation between people in pre-defined generational groups is that standardised assumptions and pre-conceptions are made about how they behave and their ability to learn. This is particularly problematic in the digital era when use of the terms ‘digital generation’ and ‘net generation’ (Tapscott, 2008) are used for the categorisation of age delineation (Buckingham, 2006). Continue reading