YouTube and intergenerational communication: the case of Geriatric1927

David Harley, Geraldine Fitzpatrick

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Abstract

This paper presents a case study of a 79 year old video blogger called ‘Geriatric1927’, and his use of the video sharing website, YouTube. Analysis of his first eight video blogs, and the subsequent text responses, reveals opportunities of this medium for intergenerational contact, reminiscence, reciprocal learning and co-creation of content, suggesting older people can be highly motivated to use computers when social contact is their aim. We conclude by noting the importance of technologies that are socially engaging and meaningful for older people and pointing to ways in which the social life of YouTube might be better promoted on its interface.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-20
Number of pages16
JournalUniversal Access in the Information Society
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Bibliographical note

(c) Springer-Verlag, 2008

Keywords

  • Intergenerational communication
  • YouTube
  • video blog
  • older people
  • social software

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