Adolescents and Online Fan Fiction

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Social Science - 154 pages
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This book presents an ethnographic and discourse analytic study of a highly popular online fan fiction writing space. Its analyses highlight the range of sophisticated literacy practices that English language learning youth engage in through their fan-related activities. Discussion also centers on how opportunities for language socialization, literacy, and identity development converge and diverge between academic settings and informal learning contexts such as fan fiction sites.

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This book is a delightful read. It provides insight into the inner workings of kids writing, giving feedback, and improving their writing in an online peer-driven site. If you've ever been a teacher in any situation, you know how difficult it is to get people to revise there work. Black hits on a context where kids are providing constructive feedback on each others' work and where they actually use that to improve their writing.
Many people go overboard in saying either how amazing all the technological opportunities are for kids or how horrid and scary that is. Black provides a nuanced view of *what* could be productive about online environments where kids share their writing, on how they develop community, how they improve their literacy, and how they develop new identities.
Lay people should enjoy this. Scholars and students can also appreciate and learn from her rigorous discourse analysis and online ethnography. She was one of the first to really do an online ethnography. Ground breaking work.



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The Author: Rebecca W. Black is Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Her research centers on the literacy and socialization practices of adolescents from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds who are writing and participating in online, popular culture-inspired environments.

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