An Older Person and New Media in Public Discourses: Impossible Encounters?

  • Monika WilińskaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9193)


The aim of this paper is to consider the use and role of new media in the lives of older people. To this end, I focus on the social images of encounters between older people and new media. My focus is two-fold; on the one hand, I aim at opening the academic discussion on new media and older people to societal and structural considerations; on the other, I make an argument about the use of discourse, critical discourse analysis in particular, approaches to understand the main discourses that frame the experience of older people with new media. Thus, in this paper I question taken for granted assumptions regarding the inherent characteristics of older people that prevent them from entering the social media space. I draw on the concept of ageism to discuss the implications of this for an individual, older social media user.


New media Older person Discourse Social imaginaries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyUniversity of StirlingStirlingScotland, UK

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