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The changing dynamics of television consumption in the multimedia living room

Evelien D'heer UGent and Cédric Courtois (2016) CONVERGENCE-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RESEARCH INTO NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES. 22(1). p.3-17
abstract
This increasingly saturated media environment potentially alters how viewers engage with tele-visual media and with each other. In this respect, we address how mobile devices, such as tablets, have entered our living rooms and alter TV's social uses and practices. By means of in-depth interviews, we revisit the enquiry of the audience in the living room context, with specific attention to Lull's typology of social uses. The study shows the use of these mobile Internet devices in front of the TV is integrated in our everyday TV viewing behavior. In addition, we recognize the complex nature of physical and verbal avoidance and affiliation in a multiscreen living room. Participants personally consume media content in the presence of other family members, which allows physical contact but reduces the opportunities for conversation. In addition, these computer technologies allow online sociability, which we label as 'outbound affiliation'. These tendencies are discussed in a broader understanding of contemporary (media) culture, with a particular focus on the reflexive audience and the related broader process of individualization. In conclusion, we understand the findings as emerging trends that are likely to evolve in the future. In addition, we define the value of traditional audience research as well as the necessity to understand the mediated nature of audience conversations.
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published
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keyword
convergence, audience, reflexivity, social media, social uses, television, CONTEXT COLLAPSE
journal title
CONVERGENCE-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RESEARCH INTO NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES
volume
22
issue
1
pages
3 - 17
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000377596900001
JCR category
COMMUNICATION
JCR impact factor
0.95 (2016)
JCR rank
50/79 (2016)
JCR quartile
3 (2016)
ISSN
1354-8565
DOI
10.1177/1354856514543451
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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5661275
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5661275
date created
2014-07-26 21:01:53
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:41:52
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  author       = {D'heer, Evelien and Courtois, C{\'e}dric},
  issn         = {1354-8565},
  journal      = {CONVERGENCE-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RESEARCH INTO NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES},
  keyword      = {convergence,audience,reflexivity,social media,social uses,television,CONTEXT COLLAPSE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {3--17},
  title        = {The changing dynamics of television consumption in the multimedia living room},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354856514543451},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2016},
}

Chicago
D’heer, Evelien, and Cédric Courtois. 2016. “The Changing Dynamics of Television Consumption in the Multimedia Living Room.” Convergence-the International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 22 (1): 3–17.
APA
D’heer, E., & Courtois, C. (2016). The changing dynamics of television consumption in the multimedia living room. CONVERGENCE-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RESEARCH INTO NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, 22(1), 3–17.
Vancouver
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D’heer E, Courtois C. The changing dynamics of television consumption in the multimedia living room. CONVERGENCE-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RESEARCH INTO NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES. 2016;22(1):3–17.
MLA
D’heer, Evelien, and Cédric Courtois. “The Changing Dynamics of Television Consumption in the Multimedia Living Room.” CONVERGENCE-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RESEARCH INTO NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES 22.1 (2016): 3–17. Print.