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dc.contributor.advisorMedvecky, Fabien
dc.contributor.authorYoung, Lana Joy
dc.date.available2019-11-13T02:02:18Z
dc.date.copyright2019
dc.identifier.citationYoung, L. J. (2019). Does the production value of a short science video hosted on YouTube influence how much the desired audience is likely to enjoy and engage with it? (Thesis, Master of Science Communication). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9804en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/9804
dc.description.abstractThis thesis continues the research of Welbourne and Grant (2016) within the field of science communication on YouTube, by following the study that Figueiredo, Almeida, & Benevenuto designed to evaluate whether content factors determine YouTube video popularity (2014). This study experimentally evaluates whether the production value of a short science video hosted on YouTube influences how much the desired audience is likely to enjoy and engage with it. Science communication is an increasingly significant area of research and practice, relevant to all aspects of science and technology. Scientists are increasingly expected to publicly share their work with the public, therefore it is important to understand the best ways to get these messages to their target audience. YouTube, the most popular video-sharing network, was created as a user-generated social network, however in recent years professional organisations have been able to contribute too. Resultingly, there is a divergent style differentiation between professionally generated content (PGC), and user generated content (UGC). In this study, two near-identical pairs of videos consistent with the science communication genre were created to imitate PGC and UGC YouTube channels respectively. A survey (n=900) was conducted on Amazon Mechanical Turk where participants were asked to watch one PGC and one UGC video, and report on which video they enjoyed, would share, predicted would be more popular and found more reliable. They were asked which channel they would like to watch again. A Pearson’s chi2 test found statistically significant preference to enjoyability and shareability for the UGC videos, but no preference between production value for predicted popularity. Surprisingly, participants opted to watch a PGC in the future, despite the overall preference to UGC. This study directs specific attention into the rapidly-expanding landscape of online video, and its relevance to videographic content creators within the realm of science communication.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectscience communication
dc.subjectpredicted popularity
dc.subjectyoutube
dc.subjectscience
dc.subjectvideo
dc.subjectproduction value
dc.subjectfilmmaking
dc.subjectdocumentary filmmaking
dc.subjectugc
dc.subjectpgc
dc.subjectuser generated content
dc.subjectprofessionally generated content
dc.titleDoes the production value of a short science video hosted on YouTube influence how much the desired audience is likely to enjoy and engage with it?
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2019-11-13T01:49:21Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineCentre for Science Communication
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science Communication
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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