Master of Arts
This study investigates how young people navigate through a number of hyperlinked online news on a specific topic and how this effects, and is affected by, their opinions. Navigating though non-linear hypertext forces readers to integrate information from different sources and make more decisions about what to read, which is more difficult than reading information presented in a linear format, but might also promote deeper engagement with that material. This study used a combination of participant observation, think-aloud protocols, and semi-structured interviews to investigate these issues as participants navigated through a curated collection of articles about the Canadian Oil Sands. Findings about how participants engage with the material, and how the pathways they create while navigating impact their opinions, are discussed.
Britten, Charlotte, "Finding Your Way: Navigating Online News and Opinions" (2016). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 3871.