Watson, B.R.(2016).See, Click, Control: Predicting the Popularity of Civic Technology for Social Control . Paper accepted for presentation at the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Paper will be presented Friday, Aug. 5, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., Symphony Room 1
Many local news media no longer fulfill their surveillance and feedback control functions. Thus, cities rely on emerging media to maintain social order. This study found that large, pluralistic cities with higher levels of community stress had higher usage levels of the mobile app, SeeClickFix, which allows residents to snap and send photos of community problems to local governments. Implications for structural pluralism theory and research on social functions of emerging civic technologies are discussed.
"Making Methods Matter: Recruiting and Attracting Undergraduates to Methods Coursework," Communication Theory & Methodology and Political Communication Divisions, Thursday, Aug. 4, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., Conrad A