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Moblogging and belonging: The role of moblogging in enriching young people's social connection

Richardson, I. and Third, A. (2009) Moblogging and belonging: The role of moblogging in enriching young people's social connection. Murdoch University/Queensland University of Technology/Telstra Foundation, Murdoch University, W.A..


Funded by the Telstra Foundation, this two year project aims to show how moblogging (blogging directly from mobile phones) has the potential link to real people in the virtual world in ways that can foster greater connections with local and online communities congruently. The project focuses on developing ways for socially isolated youths to tap into and expand their own support networks that in turn will translate into a greater sense of inclusion and well-being. Working with three target groups of 20 participants (two groups of upper high-school students in WA and Queensland, and one group of school leavers in WA), this project:

Conducts an ethnographic study into young people‘s current use and experience of local and online communities.

Explores the ways that young people use both their mobile phones and the internet as ‘community’ devices, and how current obstacles (economic, media literacy, accessibility) might be overcome via the creation of an innovative, interactive, cross-platform, user-led and user-generated moblog interface.

Enhances the media literacy of young participants through a series of workshops on how to create an effective mobile phone photo and video content and how to use the full functionality of their mobile phones as multimedia devices.

Develops a sustainable mobile log interface using a Participatory Design (PD) approach

Item Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
Series Name: Final report submitted to the Telstra Foundation
Publisher: Murdoch University/Queensland University of Technology/Telstra Foundation
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