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|Other Titles:||Exploring Online-Offline Social Capital Construction of the "Otaku"Youth in Hong Kong|
Lin, Wan-Ying;Zhang, Xinzhi
information elite;interpersonal trust;otaku;social capital;the internet
|Issue Date:||2016-09-09 14:09:16 (UTC+8)|
“Otaku” is a Japanese term that refers to people with an obsessive interest in animation, comic books, and video games (ACG). This study investigates how the social capital of otaku youths is constructed in Hong Kong. Through focus-group interviews, we discovered that otaku youths were not an “invisible” group. Rather, their interest in ACG was expressed both online and offline. As “information elites,” they were generous in the information-sharing process. Otaku youths were also found to adhere strictly to group norms when participating in forums, which creates a high level of trust in the virtual community. Hence, they tend to build “bonding social capital,” more so than “bridging social capital,” by connecting with other otakus online and offline.
|Relation:||新聞學研究, 112, 233-270|
Mass Communication Research
|Appears in Collections:||[新聞學研究 TSSCI] 期刊論文|
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