The seminary paper on the topic Does the user generated content influence the democratic engagement among young people discusses the contemporary research about how new media influence the politic participation in the society. In the beginning of the paper, the issue is set into a broader context of new media studies when different academic views on the potential of new media to boost political engagement are reflected. The next chapter introduces a Swedish study Information, expression, participation: How involvement in user-generated content relates to democratic engagement among young people by Johan Östman that tried to determine how involvement in user generated content determines the ways young people engage in democratic mechanisms. According to his findings, involvement in user generated content helps improve political engagement among young people through special audience experience by incorporating expressivity, performance and collaboration. On the other hand, the last part of this paper puts the implications of his findings into question because a Czech survey of voters’ turn-up shows that the most important determinant of active participation is neither age nor the involvement in internet based activities but the plain interest in political issues.
OSTMAN, J. Information, expression, participation: How involvement in user- generated content relates to democratic engagement among young people. New Media & Society. 2012-08-21, vol. 14, issue 6, s. 1004-1021. DOI: 10.1177/1461444812438212. Dostupné z: http://nms.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1461444812438212