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An examination of young people's everyday new media practices--including video-game playing, text-messaging, digital media production, and social media use....

Title : Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning With New Media
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ISBN : 9780262013369
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 440 Pages
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Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning With New Media Reviews

  • Carrie
    2019-05-13 17:35

    This book inspired me with a number of ideas for invigorating my teaching - in fact I just woke up from a nap and wrote a bunch of them down I must have been dreaming about. This is primarily ethnographic, descriptive research in which the authors set out to document how young people are using new media technologies, from gaming to Facebook and beyond. Authors are refreshingly neither utopian about the potential of tech to solve all the world's ills nor paranoid about its effects; indeed they point out that a)There is little to fear from "stalkers," strangers, and the like b)youth values generally mirror adults online and c)youth are actually pretty good at negotiating the various social norms and expectations on the Web without heavy-handed adult intervention. The last chapter offers a number of ideas on how adults can more productively engage with young people in a learning environment. It helps to have some reinforcement of my instinct that teaching my students to use multimedia tools to become better journalists has to really start by finding ways to get them engaged in their passions with my help, rather than a very top-down, rule-driven style. Although we of course have specific learning objectives, especially given the relative inexperience most of our students have with new media tools or journalism, I think it's critical to build the passion FIRST, and then let it develop from there. Thanks to Mindy McAdams for reccomending it.

  • Bridget
    2019-05-06 16:31

    This is so interesting and a particularly great read for anyone who works with teens. I loved the case studies, and even when the book was a bit dry it still presented really wonderful information. Definitely worth a look.

  • Josh
    2019-04-26 19:29

    A really interesting collection of portraits of youth online. The best part for me was the voices of the kids describing their online lives.

  • Matt
    2019-04-22 21:29

    This one's a little outside my usual range-- essentially, a collection of papers drawn from the metaanalysis of another group of papers about the way teens use technology to mediate their social and work lives. Or something like that. I think the basic field here is education theory, with a dash of anthropology and sociology.At any rate, it is a really striking exploration of how teens actually use technology, and looks at the phenomena from a variety of areas: relationships, family, work, creative fulfillment, etc. And it comes with it's own striking heuristic, expressed in the title: in essence, there are three levels of engagement with technology, and across different social and geographic groups, you can find commonalities based on what level of immersion the teens show.It's a smart and witty book, and the deep quotes the writers bring shows they did a ton of listening and original research. It's got a lot to say, and really challenges me in terms of the way I use technology and the way I present myself in the classroom.I did think the chapter on "Families" didn't fit as well with the others; it was interesting on its own, but spent a lot of time exploring access to technology, which seemed like an issue that wasn't quite germane to the topics of the rest of the book, which were focused on how those technologies are used. The two areas overlap, of course, but the chapter felt really limited in comparison to the others.

  • Kiri
    2019-04-28 20:47

    This book contains an extensive survey of research studying how kids incorporate "new media" into their daily lives -- to make friends, conduct relationships, play games, create, and learn. Published in 2009, it's starting to be a little dated in terms of the specific social media sites mentioned, but the observations are still fascinating. Perhaps most fascinating are the transcripts of conversations the researchers had with the kids/teens involved in the studies. It feels like a very intimate window into a very different world.On the down side, this book is WORDY. The writing is roundabout and sometimes redundant and in many cases overly academic (unless you are an academic reading it, perhaps). I think the ideas are crisp and relevant and I would have liked to get a more concise summary. (We're in luck! Chapter 7 of A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change provides exactly that!) However, you then miss out on the case study specifics, and some of those are definitely worth browsing.

  • Jane Hammons
    2019-05-14 16:27

    This book--different sections of it written by different "lead" writers and teams of writers--is really valuable if you want to understand the many ways young people use new media. Most of the case studies are written about young people and sometimes their families in California. And many of the researchers are from UC Berkeley. The writing is clear, vivid, and easy to read while also treating each topic (media ecologies, intimacies, families, etc.) with plenty of depth using both secondary and primary resources. The case studies are great and models of how to write this particular genre. It's about more than facebook! And it also explores questions about class, religious background, and level of education and how that affects access and facility with new media.

  • Pam
    2019-05-16 18:38

    A MacArthur Foundation funded project that MIT Press published translates into a serious read and trusted authority about how teenagers interact today with technology. It focuses on three spheres of interaction; social, media, and technical. Each sphere is important to teens and it provides extensive ethnographic evidence of what that looks like. It goes into detail describing how life for teens has changed and where the technology provides merely the illusion of change. What came across was the wildly creative and rich technology interests teens have. Scrutiny of parents' fears as viewed through the lens of rational study seemed to make my cohorts actions absurd, over the top and dare I say revealed how out of touch we are.

  • Juli
    2019-05-13 21:26

    A detailed and informative study of the ways that contemporary youth and teenagers are using new media. Drawing from case studies and extensive research, this book describes the various ways that these technologies have impacted youth interactions with friends and family and broadened the potential for youth connection and creative output.

  • Christine Gaffney
    2019-04-27 21:40

    The technology is this book is outdated. I felt like I was reliving my twenties through reading this book. Obviously it took a lot of work to create this book so it will surely be required reading forever. Hooray!

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-09 20:52

    If you know absolutely nothing about the productive ways young people interact with media, read this book and forgive the out-of-date references.If you know something about the productive ways young people interact with media, you probably won't learn anything new. (I'm in this group.)

  • Metaelizabeth
    2019-05-15 16:49

    It was a lot more academic than I expected, but it was quite interesting.

  • Christy
    2019-05-08 22:39

    Very dense and research report-like. I need more practical.

  • Gary Johnston
    2019-05-13 20:33

    A fantastic book that shows how much the life of a teenager has changed compared to that of the modern adult. Many good testimonials and studies on gaming and online interactions.

  • Kevin Hodgson
    2019-05-09 18:30

    I used Goodreads here to do periodic check-ins on my reactions and reviews of what I am reading. (see my comments and updates for those ideas)

  • Shayna Ross
    2019-04-25 17:43

    Seems like a good book for new staff working with youth, but I didn't feel like it was informative enough for librarians and people who work with youth for a long time and probably know all of this.

  • Katharine
    2019-05-03 18:37

    Finding this a brilliant read and really interesting covering a whole range of subject matter

  • Brad
    2019-05-07 21:30

    A great ethnographic study of how children use these far-fangled new gadgets these days.

  • Wesley
    2019-04-23 19:30

    Extremely academic and doesn't seem too real world oriented. Case studies are very interesting.