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The stratification of media usage in Finland, 2007–2018: signs of socio-political polarization?

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posted on 26.10.2020, 10:08 by Riie Heikkilä, Adrian LeguinaAdrian Leguina, Semi Purhonen
Over the last 10–15 years, Western societies have faced two interrelated social changes: the digitalization of media and the increase in sociopolitical polarization. While their relationship is causally reciprocal, population-level empirical studies focusing on over-time change remain scarce. We adopt the temporal perspective on the socio-political stratification of media usage in the context of Finland, one of the socalled Nordic media welfare states. We ask whether the ways in which media usage is socially stratified has changed from 2007 to 2018 and whether there is political polarization of media consumption. We draw on two nationally representative comparative surveys, collected in 2007 (N= 1,388) and 2018 (N = 1,425) and show that the main media usage patterns—the wide, the narrow and the internet-focused media repertoires—differ both in terms of their sociodemographic and political profiles and that the opposition between the wide and the narrow repertoires becomes increasingly polarized.

Funding

The Academy of Finland (grant numbers 309181 and 307756)

Institute of Advanced Studies at Loughborough University

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Published in

New Media and Society

Volume

24

Issue

5

Pages

1053-1075

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by SAGE under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

14/10/2020

Publication date

2020-11-05

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1461-4448

eISSN

1461-7315

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Adrian Leguina. Deposit date: 23 October 2020