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Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media: A Synthesis from the Good Play Project: A Synthesis from the GoodPlay Project (The John D. and Catherine ... Series on Digital Media and Learning) [Kindle Edition]

Carrie James , Katie Davis , Andrea Flores , John M. Francis , Lindsay Pettingill , Margaret Rundle , Howard Gardner
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Social networking, blogging, vlogging, gaming, instant messaging, downloading music and other content, uploading and sharing their own creative work: these activities made possible by the new digital media are rich with opportunities and risks for young people. This report, part of the GoodPlay Project, undertaken by researchers at Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero, investigates the ethical fault lines of such digital pursuits. The authors argue that five key issues are at stake in the new media: identity, privacy, ownership and authorship, credibility, and participation. Drawing on evidence from informant interviews, emerging scholarship on new media, and theoretical insights from psychology, sociology, political science, and cultural studies, the report explores the ways in which youth may be redefining these concepts as they engage with new digital media. The authors propose a model of "good play" that involves the unique affordances of the new digital media; related technical and new media literacies; cognitive and moral development and values; online and offline peer culture; and ethical supports, including the absence or presence of adult mentors and relevant educational curricula. This proposed model for ethical play sets the stage for the next part of the GoodPlay project, an empirical study that will invite young people to share their stories of engagement with the new digital media.The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning

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About the Author

Carrie James is a sociologist and Principal Investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was codirector (with Howard Gardner) of the Good Play Project, which collected the data that inform Disconnected.

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  • File Size: 800 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (October 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030EFOMC
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Lite Intro October 7, 2010
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The increased freedoms and means of communicating and interacting with others that has been brought about due to the technological revolution of recent decades has had an enormous impact on society. Among those who have been most affected are the young, as they tend to be predominantly the first adopters of new technologies, as well as the ones who are least rooted into the "old ways" of doing things. This state of affairs has raised a new set of challenges for all those who are concerned with that young people's well being and safety. Just recently there have been several highly publicized cases of "cyber bullying" - instances where young people have done harm to themselves due to actions of others online. However, online involvement for the most part can be a very positive experience for young people, as they are able to interact meaningfully with their peers, and safely explore social circumstances that may not be otherwise accessible to them.

This short report brings up several of the issues mentioned above, as well as many others. Most of them are already familiar to people who have been following the latest "digital" trends, and in that regard there will be very little new and path breaking material in this document. I was hoping to get some new insights from the latest research in this field, but there are hardly any new empirical findings that are presented here. Most of the "case studies" that are dealt with are actually just hypothetical situations that are used to highlight certain points or potential sources of problem in the digital world. They may have been based on actual real-world experiences, but that is nowhere clearly spelled out. This report is good in that it highlights and brings to one's attention some important issues, but otherwise it is rather thin on substance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intro to a Book They Haven't Written Yet September 16, 2010
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This prologue to a impending study has its virtues: it emphasizes what we still have to learn, it presages important research, and it collates the knowledge and speculation we already have at hand on contemporary digital ethics. But it tells us little we don't already know. It mainly lays out the hypotheses Carrie James and her research team intend to investigate in the near future.

James, et al., turn the bulk of their attention to new digital media's ethical implications for "identity, privacy, ownership and authorship, credibility, and participation"--a list they repeat with mantra-like regularity. I applaud this as a focus of research, because these concerns have remained controversial since Tim Berners-Lee wrote HTML code twenty years ago. James and her team elucidate well both the promises and perils of these issues, but mainly focus on information and speculation that I have seen treated at great length elsewhere. This white paper primarily offers unaccustomed depth to this length.

Perhaps it reflects my prejudices, but I would prefer to see this eye for detail applied to work the researchers have already done, not what they purpose to do. Since they admit the research will require three years before they can offer meaningful conclusions, it seems premature to announce what they hope to find. I appreciate their attempt to lay out the parameters of what we still stand to learn, and perhaps this will prompt even more research and greater diversity of opinion. But in the final summation, this feels like the early chapters of a book that hasn't been written yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done February 18, 2014
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Making the content accessible and for faculty - some great learning points to use in course work to build on content
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars August 24, 2014
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Lots of statistics and no insight.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great book March 12, 2013
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Really not that good of an ebook, but what did you expect for free on kindle?, I thought it would have more substance.
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