Media Use and Disuse by State Legislators: The Social Construction of Innovation

Charles M. Mayo, David D. Perlmutter

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This study explores the adoption of new media among an elite, powerful group: state legislators. The case study investigates how five information sources are used by a sample of Louisiana state legislators to meet nine different information needs. These research questions were posed: (1) What roles do the various sources available to legislators play in helping them make voting decisions, and does the importance of these information sources vary with different information needs? (2) How does new information technology fit into the information sources state legislators use in making voting decisions? and (3) Do characteristics such as the officeholder's age, tenure, and education influence how these information sources are used? The legislators in this sample indicate a preference for interpersonal communication channels, specifically statehouse insiders. They do not consider new media to be important sources for information. Their age, tenure, and education have little influence on how they use information sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-88
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Business and Technical Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998


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