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The Consumption of Online News at Work

Pablo J. Boczkowski

in News at Work

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226062792
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226062785 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226062785.003.0006
The Consumption of Online News at Work

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This chapter focuses on the consumption of online news at work. This consumption is a normal aspect of the daily routines of many workers. It contributes to a displacement of the news consumption habit from traditional to digital media among those who already have that habit and fosters the emergence of such a habit among those who did not have it. Furthermore, the sequence and dynamics of online news consumption at work are marked by the prevalence of the “readable Web.” People are far more focused on obtaining information from news sites than on taking advantage of the “writable Web” through participation in blogs, forums, and other commentary spaces. This depiction of online news consumption at work reveals a tension between continuity and discontinuity in its comparison with news consumption in traditional media.

Keywords: online news; digital media; news consumption; workplace; print media

Chapter.  10662 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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