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The Importance of Digital Skills in Understanding Online Political Behavior

Author:
Galano, Hector A.
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Political Science
Degree Supervisor:
Bruce Bimber
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2015
Issued Date:
2015
Topics:
Communication, Web studies, and Political science
Keywords:
Political communication
Internet skills
Political behavior
Digital skills
Socioeconomic status
Political participation
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015
Description:

This research looks at the role of digital skills in political behavior in an online environment. It discusses what digital skills are and how they can be measured. Briefly, digital skills are the skills necessary to carryout various tasks and to participate in various activities on the internet. Additionally, this study compares digital skills to that of socioeconomic measures to differentiate them as a separate yet viable predictor of online political behavior. Both are included in a model of political activity to show how digital skills stand out as a predictor of online political activity. Further, this study estimates several additional models that show a consistent relationship with a variety of online political activities, including political activities associated with political donations, political discussions and time-based political acts. The goal of this analysis is to show a link between having higher levels of digital skills and an increase in online political engagement, as well as supporting an argument for the use of a digital skills measure in future studies of online political behavior.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (126 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3p26w9r
ISBN:
9781339084138
Catalog System Number:
990045715610203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Hector Galano
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