Kids On YouTube: Technical Identities And Digital Literacies

Kids On YouTube: Technical Identities And Digital Literacies

Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies

The mall is so old school―these days kids are hanging out on YouTube, and depending on whom you ask, they're either forging the digital frontier or frittering away their childhoods in anti-intellectual solipsism. Kids on YouTube cuts through the hype, going behind the scenes to understand kids' everyday engagement with new media. Debunking the stereotype of the self-taught computer whiz, new media scholar and filmmaker Patricia G. Lange describes the collaborative social networks kids use to negotiate identity and develop digital literacy on the 'Tube. Her long-term ethnographic studies also cover peer-based and family-driven video-making dynamics, girl geeks, civic engagement, and representational ethics. This book makes key contributions to new media studies, communication, science and technology studies, digital anthropology, and informal education.

Review

“For years I have been recommending Lange's work to those interested in the anthropology of YouTube. Throughout her research she has bravely presented her preliminary findings about YouTube on YouTube itself, immersing herself in the medium and community. Now we are invited to see the final results; a careful analysis of kids on YouTube that avoids and often upends conventional myths about youth in the digital...

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