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Citizen use of Internet and traditional news media sources: What's new about new media?
Unformatted Document Text:  7 community ties and boost political participation (Bimber, 1998; Jones, 1995; Browning, 1996; Rheingold, 1993). A few studies have begun investigating the relationship between Internet use and civic engagement using population survey data (e.g., Kosicki & Yuan, 2001; Scheufele & Nisbet, 2002). Using statewide Ohio data, Kosicki and Yuan (2001) examined the impact of Internet news seeking on political knowledge and political participation.. Results showed that online news, like news in traditional media, makes significant contributions to public affairs information learning and political participation. In the study, Internet users are selective in information seeking and knowledgeable and active as well. Can Internet meet specific needs better than traditional media? Why is the Internet so attractive? Undoubtedly, the Internet, with its headline news format, instant updates and the “click” function for relevant information, provides a new channel for people to access various kinds of information in a related and convenient way. In light of these facts, we might expect that Internet users use less and less traditional media for news and the Internet will replace traditional media in the future. However, the history of mass communication suggests strongly that new media do not replace older media, but rather cause them to refocus their missions (e.g., Defleur and Dennis, 2001). For example, the widespread adoption of television did not lead to the abandonment of motion picture theaters as some predicted. In the case of Internet news the new media present information that duplicates what we’ve already read, seen or listened in the traditional media. Today, every major national and metropolitan newspaper is published online and every major television network has its own web site. Many local TV stations operate web sites as well. It is unclear exactly

Authors: Yuan, Yangyang. and Kosicki, Gerald.
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community ties and boost political participation (Bimber, 1998; Jones, 1995; Browning,
1996; Rheingold, 1993).
A few studies have begun investigating the relationship between Internet use and
civic engagement using population survey data (e.g., Kosicki & Yuan, 2001; Scheufele &
Nisbet, 2002). Using statewide Ohio data, Kosicki and Yuan (2001) examined the impact
of Internet news seeking on political knowledge and political participation.. Results
showed that online news, like news in traditional media, makes significant contributions
to public affairs information learning and political participation. In the study, Internet
users are selective in information seeking and knowledgeable and active as well.
Can Internet meet specific needs better than traditional media?
Why is the Internet so attractive? Undoubtedly, the Internet, with its headline news
format, instant updates and the “click” function for relevant information, provides a new
channel for people to access various kinds of information in a related and convenient
way. In light of these facts, we might expect that Internet users use less and less
traditional media for news and the Internet will replace traditional media in the future.
However, the history of mass communication suggests strongly that new media do not
replace older media, but rather cause them to refocus their missions (e.g., Defleur and
Dennis, 2001). For example, the widespread adoption of television did not lead to the
abandonment of motion picture theaters as some predicted.
In the case of Internet news the new media present information that duplicates what
we’ve already read, seen or listened in the traditional media. Today, every major national
and metropolitan newspaper is published online and every major television network has
its own web site. Many local TV stations operate web sites as well. It is unclear exactly


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