Second Screens for Engaging with Political Discourse

Katerina Gorkovenko’s PhD is exploring how the use of personal devices while watching televison—commonly known as second screens—can support engagement with political discourse.

The first phase of her research involves understanding existing behaviour around political TV programmes. For example, BBC’s Question Time is accompanied by a backchannel of discussion and commentary on Twitter. Part this research included an observational study around the 2015 UK General Election debates.

Further studies will utilise this knowledge to design better second screen interfaces. We’ll also be attempting to think beyond current understanding of second screens by looking at physical computing interfaces and exploring the hierarchy implied by the word ‘second’.

Key Publications

Gorkovenko, K., Taylor, N. and Rogers, J. (2017). Social Printers: a physical social network for political debatesProceedings of CHI 2017, ACM, 2269–2281. doi:10.1145/3025453.3025611 (Honorable Mention Award)

Gorkovenko, K. and Taylor, N. (2016). Politics at home: second screen behaviours and motivations during TV debates. Proceedings of NordiCHI 2016, ACM, 22. doi:10.1145/2971485.2971514

Funding Details

Funded by the University of Dundee’s EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Oct 2014–Mar 2018.