A report by the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics explores how civic youth use Facebook, Twitter, and other online platforms to help address issues that matter in their communities and the world. Drawing primarily on a data set of in-depth interviews with 70 civically and politically active youth between the ages of 15 and 25, the report examines use of new media as part of five participatory practices such as investigation, feedback, and mobilization. The report finds three distinct approaches to new media-enabled participation — casual, purposeful, and strategic — and describes how each plays out among the participatory practices.
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