Journal article

"Hey, I'm Having These Experiences": Tumblr Use and Young People's Queer (Dis)connections

Paul Byron, Brady Robards, Benjamin Hanckel, Son Vivienne, Brendan Churchill

International Journal of Communication | USC ANNENBERG PRESS | Published : 2019


This article explores LGBTIQ+ young people’s use of Tumblr—a social media platform often associated with queer youth cultures. Drawing on data from surveys (N = 1,304) and interviews (N = 23) with LGBTIQ+ young people in Australia, we argue that existing notions of “queer community” through digital media participation do not neatly align with young people’s Tumblr practices. Our participants use Tumblr for connecting with others, yet these connections can be indirect, short term, and anonymous. Connections are often felt and practiced without directly communicating with other users, and many participants described their connections to the Tumblr platform itself as intense, pivotal to learnin..

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