Old people, video games and french press: A topic model approach on a study about discipline, entertainment and self-improvement

Gabrielle Lavenir, Nicolas Bourgeois
2017 MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research  
Over the past few years, the French mainstream press has paid more and more attention to "silver gamers", adults over sixty who play video games. This article investigates the discursive and normative paradigms that underlie the unexpected enthusiasm of the French mainstream press for older adults who play video games. We use mixed methods on a corpus of French, Swiss and Belgian articles that mention both older people and video games. First, we produce topics, that is, sets of words related by
more » ... their meanings and identified with a Bayesian statistical algorithm. Second, we cross the topic model results with a discursive analysis of selected articles. We preface the topic modeling's conclusions with a discussion of the representations of older people and video games in European French-language mainstream media. Our analysis explores how the press coverage of older people who play video games simultaneously erases moral panic about video games and reinforces the discourse of "successful ageing".
doi:10.7146/mediekultur.v33i63.24749 fatcat:fvsmuvyldvh4fl3uqut3deln5e