The consumption of online news at work: Making sense of emerging phenomena and rethinking existing concepts

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Abstract

This paper examines the consumption of online news at the place of work and during work hours, which are relatively new temporal and spatial coordinates of news consumption for large segments of the population. This novel phenomenon is analysed to make descriptive and conceptual contributions to scholarship on news consumption, in particular, and technology and society, in general. Descriptively, the analysis reveals the emergence of discontinuous features of online consumption 'at work' within the context of continuity in some elements of news consumption in print and broadcast media. Conceptually, the analysis underscores the continued relevance of the notions of routines, space, time, and sociability to make sense of news consumption. But, it also shows the need to renew the understanding of how each of these conceptual tools matter when the media change from print and broadcast to digital and the practices of consumption coincide with those of work. The paper also suggests revisiting the boundaries between work and home and between the instrumental and leisure purposes of consuming communication technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)470-484
Number of pages15
JournalInformation Communication and Society
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 23 2010

Keywords

  • Audience studies
  • Internet
  • Media sociology
  • News consumption
  • Online news

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Library and Information Sciences

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