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The discursive construction of gay teenagers in times of mediatization: youth's reflections on intimate storytelling, queer shame and realness in popular social media places

Sander De Ridder (UGent) and Sofie Van Bauwel (UGent)
(2015) JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES. 18(6). p.777-793
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New media applications such as social networking sites are understood as important evolutions for queer youth. These media and communication technologies allow teenagers to transgress their everyday life places and connect with other queer teens. Moreover, social media websites could also be used for real political activism such as publicly sharing coming out videos on YouTube. Despite these increased opportunities for self-reflexive storytelling on digital media platforms, their everyday use and popularity also bring particular complexities in the everyday lives of young people. Talking to 51 youngsters between 13 and 19 years old in focus groups, this paper inquires how young audiences discursively constructed meanings on intimate storytelling practices such as interpreting intimate stories, reflecting on their own and other peers' intimate storytelling practices. Specifically focusing on how they relate to intimate storytelling practices of gay peers, this paper identified particular challenges for queer youth who transgress the heteronormative when being active on popular social media. The increasing mediatization of intimate youth cultures brings challenges for queer teenagers, which relate to authenticity, (self-) surveillance and fear of imagined audiences.
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ONLINE, NETWORKING SITES, digital media cultures, mediatization, focus groups, social media, gay youth, queer

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De Ridder, Sander, and Sofie Van Bauwel. “The Discursive Construction of Gay Teenagers in Times of Mediatization: Youth’s Reflections on Intimate Storytelling, Queer Shame and Realness in Popular Social Media Places.” JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES 18.6 (2015): 777–793. Print.
APA
De Ridder, Sander, & Van Bauwel, S. (2015). The discursive construction of gay teenagers in times of mediatization: youth’s reflections on intimate storytelling, queer shame and realness in popular social media places. JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES, 18(6), 777–793.
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De Ridder, Sander, and Sofie Van Bauwel. 2015. “The Discursive Construction of Gay Teenagers in Times of Mediatization: Youth’s Reflections on Intimate Storytelling, Queer Shame and Realness in Popular Social Media Places.” Journal of Youth Studies 18 (6): 777–793.
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De Ridder, Sander, and Sofie Van Bauwel. 2015. “The Discursive Construction of Gay Teenagers in Times of Mediatization: Youth’s Reflections on Intimate Storytelling, Queer Shame and Realness in Popular Social Media Places.” Journal of Youth Studies 18 (6): 777–793.
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De Ridder S, Van Bauwel S. The discursive construction of gay teenagers in times of mediatization: youth’s reflections on intimate storytelling, queer shame and realness in popular social media places. JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES. 2015;18(6):777–93.
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S. De Ridder and S. Van Bauwel, “The discursive construction of gay teenagers in times of mediatization: youth’s reflections on intimate storytelling, queer shame and realness in popular social media places,” JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 777–793, 2015.
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  abstract     = {New media applications such as social networking sites are understood as important evolutions for queer youth. These media and communication technologies allow teenagers to transgress their everyday life places and connect with other queer teens. Moreover, social media websites could also be used for real political activism such as publicly sharing coming out videos on YouTube. Despite these increased opportunities for self-reflexive storytelling on digital media platforms, their everyday use and popularity also bring particular complexities in the everyday lives of young people. Talking to 51 youngsters between 13 and 19 years old in focus groups, this paper inquires how young audiences discursively constructed meanings on intimate storytelling practices such as interpreting intimate stories, reflecting on their own and other peers' intimate storytelling practices. Specifically focusing on how they relate to intimate storytelling practices of gay peers, this paper identified particular challenges for queer youth who transgress the heteronormative when being active on popular social media. The increasing mediatization of intimate youth cultures brings challenges for queer teenagers, which relate to authenticity, (self-) surveillance and fear of imagined audiences.},
  author       = {De Ridder, Sander and Van Bauwel, Sofie},
  issn         = {1367-6261},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES},
  keywords     = {ONLINE,NETWORKING SITES,digital media cultures,mediatization,focus groups,social media,gay youth,queer},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {777--793},
  title        = {The discursive construction of gay teenagers in times of mediatization: youth's reflections on intimate storytelling, queer shame and realness in popular social media places},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2014.992306},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2015},
}

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