- Series: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning
- Hardcover: 440 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262013363
- ISBN-13: 978-0262013369
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning) 1st Edition
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"Finally a book that provides a deeply grounded and nuanced description of today's digital youth culture and practices as they negotiate their identity, their peer-based relationships, and their relationships with adults. Then, building on this rich and diverse set of ethnographies, the authors constructed a powerful analytic framework which provides new conceptual lenses to make sense of the emerging digital media landscape. This book is a must for anyone interested in youth culture, learning, and new media."--John Seely Brown, Former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corporation, and Former Director of Xerox PARC
"Through their meticulous ethnographic exploration of emerging media practices in everyday life, Mizuko Ito and her colleagues paint a vivid portrait of young people's diverse modes of participation with new media. Over and again, this thought-provoking book challenges adult preconceptions and traditional preoccupations, insisting that we recognize the values, concerns, and literacies of today's youth." --Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science(Sonia Livingstone)
"While the in-depth description of this framework would in itself value the time spent reading this book, there is much more in it. It is highly suggested reading to anyone interested to know more about kids' everyday informal learning practices with new media (especially teachers, parents, and policy-makers)." Fabio Giglietto Information, Communication and Society
About the Author
Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist who studies new media use, particularly among young people, in Japan and the United States, and a Professor in Residence at the University of California Humanities Research Institute.
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The book has numerous case studies from which to glean information, although I will have to admit, the outcomes were fairly predictable. I didn't feel personally that I learned a lot. On the other hand, I have talked with a number of parents whom have read this book, and I do believe it helped them put social networking sites in a brighter spot. Parents always want to protect their children, but they also want them to develop as individuals, so there's a fine line in how their children's online time is spent. Children can get hurt using social networking sites but hopefully they can learn from their experiences. Since social media is still at a young phase, people are going to get better at managing themselves and what they post.