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The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media M Eans for Our Future


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In The Young and the Digital, S. Craig Watkins skillfully draws from more than 500 surveys and 350 in-depth interviews with young people, parents, and educators to understand how a digital lifestyle is affecting the ways youth learn, play, bond, and communicate. Timely and deeply relevant, the book covers the influence of MySpace and Facebook, the growing appetite for “anytime, anywhere” media and “fast entertainment,” how online “digital gates” reinforce race and class divisions, and how technology is transforming America’s classrooms. Watkins also debunks popular myths surrounding cyberpredators, Internet addiction, and social isolation. The result is a fascinating portrait, both celebratory and wary, about the coming of age of the first fully wired generation. 

About the Author

S. Craig Watkins writes about youth, media, technology, and society. He is associate professor of radio-TV-film at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement and Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Young and the Digital

One Digital Migration: Young People’s Historic Move to the Online World

Two Social Media 101:What Schools Are Learning about Themselves and Young Technology Users

Three The Very Well Connected: Friending, Bonding, and Community in the Digital Age Four Digital Gates: How Race and Class Distinctions Are Shaping the Digital World

Five We Play: The Allure of Social Games, Synthetic Worlds, and Second Lives

Six Hooked: Rethinking the Internet Addiction Debate

Seven Now! Fast Entertainment and Multitasking in an Always-On World

Eight “May I have your attention?”: The Consequences of Anytime, Anywhere Technology

Conclusion A Message from Barack: What the Young and the Digital Means for Our Political Future

The Making of This Book: Research, Methods, and Acknowledgments


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Watkins, S Craig
Beacon Press (MA)
Watkins, S. Craig
General Social Science
Web - Social Networking
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Social Aspects - General
Electronics - Digital
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