New webinar: teenage aspirations toward becoming a (micro)celebrity on YouTube: A new...

New webinar: teenage aspirations toward becoming a (micro)celebrity on YouTube: A new form of digital inequality?


DER returns with a new entry in its seminar series, which in the age of COVID19 actually means we are having a go with webinars!

Maria Schlechter, a research student from the University of Vienna and, until recently, a visiting scholar at Monash, will present a paper on her interesting research about young people’s media practices on Youtube and digital inequalities. Summary and flyer below.

A recording of the presentation will be shared beforehand and a live Q&A session with Maria will be held online on Thursday, 21 May⋅ 4:00 –5:00 pm. Email to receive the link to the webinar if you want to attend.

This paper explores the inequalities inherent in how the digital ‘opportunities’ of YouTube participation are being engaged with by contrasting groups of differently resourced and digital-skilled teenagers in Austria. Drawing on a comparative ethnographic study of three groups of secondary school students, in Vienna, the paper will explore how traditional socioeconomic and place-based inequalities interlink with emerging digital inequalities – all underpinning distinctly differentiated imaginaries, opportunities and actions amongst teenagers towards becoming a micro-celebrity on YouTube.