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Commentators bemoaning youth apathy worry that digitally-mediated, expression-based forms of civic activity will make young people less likely to take part in institutionalized politics (such as voting), but recent research has indicated the opposite. “Connected civics” is civic and political engagement grounded in young people’s deeply felt interests and identities. Research on young people’s participation in the digital and networked world has been pursued by the Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) Research Network and its Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project.

Learning Connected Civics: Narratives, Practices, Infrastructures

By Mizuko Ito, Elisabeth Soep, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson and Arely Zimmerman

“Young people today are engaging in new forms of politics that are profoundly participatory.” Published Feb. 3, 2015

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By Any Media Necessary: The New Activism of American Youth

By Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik and Arely Zimmerman

“Young men and women are tapping into the potential of new forms of communication such as social media platforms, spreadable videos and memes, remixing the language of popular culture, and seeking to bring about political change — by any media necessary.” Published May 1, 2016