Growing Up with Television: Everyday Learning Among Young Adolescents / Edition 1by JoEllen Fisherkeller
Pub. Date: 05/13/2002
Publisher: Temple University Press
"TV is for when you don't have anything to do, or when you're lonely, or something. It's for you to learn, things and stuff...say you don't have anything to do, you can always turn it on for light or whatever...I'm alone, I don't like to leave the TV off. Unless I'm getting ready to go to sleep or something. I turn out all the lights...And then I leave it on, I go to my room and watch videos. I just like it."
TeniyaSerita, age 12
Why talk with young people about TV? This is the question from which JoEllen Fisherkeller begins her insightful examination into the uses and power of TV in youth culture.
Fisherkeller studies the experiences of young adults watching TV and talking about TV, with their peers at home and at school. They discuss their hopes for the future as well as the challenges they currently face, and reveal how television plays a role in their everyday life.
As the most significant cultural symbol in the US, television is a powerful educational and socializing force; Fisherkeller examines how youth are attracted to TV programs and persona that help them work through their own personal dilemmas. And TV as a system shows them how "making it" is as much a question of image creation as it is a process of hard work.
Throughout the book there is a range of young adults' voices about how they live with television, and an essential acknowledgement of the power that television has on individuals and social relations. Growing Up with Television is a groundbreaking book that should speak to a multitude of disciplines on the educative and societal power of this uniquely ubiquitous medium.
Author Biography: JoEllen Fisherkeller is Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University.
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