Recareering Happily Ever After: An Analysis Of Job Transition Storytelling In AARP Message Boards

  • Elizabeth Louise Spradley Stephen F. Austin State University
Keywords: computer mediated communication, virtual communities, storytelling, power

Abstract

The aging population – those 55 and older – are an increasing percentage of the US population and workforce. Yet, they are struggling to obtain full-time employment when displaced.  Experiences of the aging worker are of concern to those investigating organizing processes and use of technology related to employment.  This particular research study analyzes computer-mediated storytelling on the American Association of Retired People’s magazine and related message boards revealing: 1) construction of a storytelling virtual community, in which community members 2) utilize stories as social support and 3) discipline unsupportive storytelling.

 

Author Biography

Elizabeth Louise Spradley, Stephen F. Austin State University
Elizabeth L. Spradley is an Instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University and a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M.  Her research focus in on narratives and family health issues.
Published
2012-01-19
How to Cite
Spradley, E. (2012). Recareering Happily Ever After: An Analysis Of Job Transition Storytelling In AARP Message Boards. The Journal of Community Informatics, 8(1). Retrieved from http://www.ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/753