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LANGE Patricia G.

Kids on YouTube. Technical Identities and Digital Literacies

Left Coast Press, 2014, 270 p., $35.

The mall is so old school—these days kids are hanging out on YouTube, and depending on whom you ask, hey’re either forging the digital frontier or frittering away their childhoods in anti-intellectual solipsism. Kids on YouTube cuts through the hype, going behind the scenes to understand kids’ everyday engagement with new media. Debunking the stereotype of the self-taught computer whiz, new media scholar and filmmaker Patricia G. Lange describes the collaborative social networks kids use to negotiate identity and develop digital literacy on the ’Tube. Her long-term ethnographic studies also cover peer-based and family-driven video-making dynamics, girl geeks, civic engagement, and representational ethics. This book makes key contributions to new media studies, communication, science and technology studies, digital anthropology, and informal education.

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