Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet / Edition 1

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Children and teens today have integrated digital culture seamlessly into their lives.

For most, using the Internet, playing videogames, downloading music onto an iPod, or multitasking with a cell phone is no more complicated than setting the toaster oven to "bake" or turning on theTV. In Generation Digital, media expert and activist Kathryn C. Montgomery examines the ways in which the new media landscape is changing the nature of childhood and adolescence and analyzes recent political debates that have shaped both policy and practice in digital culture.The media has pictured the so-called "digital generation" in contradictory ways: as bold trailblazers and innocent victims, as active creators of digital culture and passive targets of digital marketing. This, saysMontgomery, reflects our ambivalent attitude toward both youth and technology. She charts a confluence of historical trends that made children and teens a particularly valuable target market during the early commercialization of the Internet and describes the consumer-group advocacy campaign that led to a law to protect children's privacy on the Internet. Montgomery recounts—as a participant and as a media scholar—the highly publicized battles over indecency and pornography on the Internet. She shows how digital marketing taps into teenagers' developmental needs and how three public service campaigns—about sexuality, smoking, and political involvement—borrowed their techniques from commercial digital marketers. Not all of today's techno-savvy youth are politically disaffected; Generation Digital chronicles the ways that many have used the Internet as a political tool, mobilizing young voters in 2004 and waging battles with the music and media industries over control of cultural expression online.Montgomery's unique perspective as both advocate and analyst will help parents, politicians, and corporations take the necessary steps to create an open,diverse, equitable, and safe digital media culture for young people.

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What People Are Saying

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"For those whose media experience is bounded by newspapers and radio, GenerationDigital will be an eye-opening guide to the media revolution that is changing the way the next generation thinks and behaves."—Michael F. Jacobson, Executive Director, Center for Science in thePublic Interest

"This is a wonderful bookdescriptive, analytical, and insightful. Kathryn Montgomery provides a detailed look at how children use digital media and its role in their development. Most important, she elucidates policy concerns about the commercialization of youth with an understanding of marketing and programming practices that are specific to digital media. Beyond the hype, this book reminds all of us that the digital age is being led by our children." Ellen Wartella, Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of California, Riverside

"This is a wonderful book — descriptive, analytical, and insightful. KathrynMontgomery provides a detailed look at how children use digital media and its role in their development. Most important, she elucidates policy concerns about the commercialization of youth with an understanding of marketing and programming practices that are specific to digital media.

Beyond the hype, this book reminds all of us that the digital age is being led by our children."—Ellen Wartella, Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of California,Riverside

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262134781
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn C. Montgomery is Professor in the Public Communication Division, School ofCommunication, at American University, where she directs the Project on Youth, Media, and Democracy.

As founder of the Center for Media Education, she led a coalition of advocacy groups in a series of successful media policy campaigns on behalf of children and youth. She is the author ofTarget: Prime Time: Advocacy Groups and the Struggle over EntertainmentTelevision.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xiii
At the Center of a Cultural Storm     1
Digital Kids     11
A V-Chip for the Internet     35
Web of Deception     67
Born to Be Wired     107
Social Marketing in the New Millennium     141
Peer-to-Peer Politics     179
The Legacy of the Digital Generation     209
Notes     227
Index     321
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