Please join us for the next TLC Seminar on Monday 27 February, 12:30h – 13:30h (Room 12A-37). Tim Groot Kormelink will give a talk titled “A Video-Ethnography of Everyday News Practices”. You find an abstract of his talk below.
To help us order enough/not too much lunch, please register at: https://goo.gl/forms/QTW0vXv14yitCKVw1 before Thursday 23 February 14:00.
A Video-Ethnography of Everyday News Practices
Tim Groot Kormelink
News media are not only carriers of news and information but also material objects. Their use involves processes of seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling and tasting. If the “ritual” (Carey, 1989) function of news has received a fair amount of attention, perceptual and especially sensory dimensions of news have been relatively overlooked. We used video-ethnography to capture people’s everyday news practices – and the actions, facial expressions and verbal utterances involved – in real time.
Our aim was to get a more layered understanding of news use by uncovering subtle, often embodied dimensions that are usually subconscious or habitual and therefore tend to be overlooked by researchers (cf. Pink and Leder Mackley, 2014). Our second aim was to explore the usefulness of video-ethnography for researching news use. We filmed 40 participants at home while they engaged in their preferred news practices (e.g., reading, checking, scrolling) on their own devices. With a selection of 13 participants, the recordings of their practices were watched which enabled us to ask for explanation.
During the Lunch Seminar I will share some of our initial findings, which include: 1) how news use is experienced in terms of segmenting real time; 2) how even micro-acts like clicking are experienced as flow-interrupting activities; 3) how news practices function as place-making activities; 4) how sharing news is used for phatic rather than substantive communication.