Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media

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MIT Press, Oct 30, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 440 pages
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Conventional wisdom about young people's use of digital technology often equates generational identity with technology identity: today's teens seem constantly plugged in to video games, social networking sites, and text messaging. Yet there is little actual research that investigates the intricate dynamics of youths' social and recreational use of digital media. Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out fills this gap, reporting on an ambitious three-year ethnographic investigation into how young people are living and learning with new media in varied settings -- at home, in after-school programs, and in online spaces. Integrating twenty-three case studies -- which include Harry Potter podcasting, video-game playing, music sharing, and online romantic breakups -- in a unique collaborative authorship style, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out is distinctive for its combination of in-depth description of specific group dynamics with conceptual analysis.
 

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Research based resource that examines the "digital divide" between in-school and out-of-school technology practices. This book is different than most texts that I've read for my courses, such that it does not present practical applications for the class or library. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Media Ecologies
29
2 Ffriendship
79
3 Intimacy
117
4 Families
149
5 Gaming
195
6 Creative Production
243
7 Work
295
Conclusion
339
Project Overview
355
Project Descriptions
361
Project Index
371
Bibliography
373
Index
399
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