Communicating legitimacy: How journalists negotiate the emergence of user-generated content in Hong Kong

Tien Ee Dominic YEO*

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Abstract

In 2006, a video of a middle- Aged man verbally assaulting a youth in a public bus thrust user-generated content (UGC) and YouTube into the public imagination in Hong Kong. Using the concept of legitimacy from institutional theory to qualitatively analyze newspaper commentaries about the incident, this study connects journalists' narratives to the diffusion of UGC by showing how they inadvertently promote cultural support and normative acceptance of this new media category as a consequence of efforts at paradigm-repair and boundary maintenance. Those narratives construe UGC as a legitimate coin-of-exchange: something relevant, familiar, interesting, and appropriate to engage with.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-626
Number of pages18
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Volume93
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Journalism
  • Legitimacy
  • New media

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