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Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives

Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives

by John Palfrey, Urs Gasser
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The first generation of “Digital Natives”—children who were born into and raised in the digital world—are coming of age, and soon our world will be reshaped in their image. Our economy, our politics, our culture, and even the shape of our family life will be forever transformed. But who are these Digital Natives? And what is the world they're creating going to look like?

In Born Digital, leading Internet and technology experts John Palfrey and Urs Gasser offer a sociological portrait of these young people, who can seem, even to those merely a generation older, both extraordinarily sophisticated and strangely narrow. Exploring a broad range of issues, from the highly philosophical to the purely practical, Born Digital will be essential reading for parents, teachers, and the myriad of confused adults who want to understand the digital present—and shape the digital future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465018567
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 5.68(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

John Palfrey is Professor of Law and a Vice Dean at Harvard Law School. A faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, he is a regular commentator on network news programs, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, NPR, and BBC. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He has edited six books and has written over sixty articles in books, law reviews, and professional journals. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Identities     17
Dossiers     39
Privacy     53
Safety     83
Creators     111
Pirates     131
Quality     155
Overload     185
Aggressors     209
Innovators     223
Learners     237
Activists     255
Synthesis     273
Acknowledgments     291
Notes     295
Glossary     345
Selected Bibliography     353
Index     365

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Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives 2.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
dmcolon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Judging from the pictures of the book's two authors, I'd guess they are fairly young men. The book, however, sometimes has the feel of much older men trying to sift through the meaning of exactly what "growing up digital" means. It's not as if they are crotchety and dismiss this "internet fad" but more that they seem to view the whole through a rather clinical lens. As such, the book reads more like a diagnosis than anything else. It's a somewhat dry read that goes through lots of topics that others have gone over in a more engaging manner. For someone who hasn't really thought of this particular topic, however, this is a good a place as any to start exploring what the young people are up to. They divide the book into logical chapters and look at issues such as identity, privacy, creativity, aggressors, and the like. Overall they do a serviceable job of reviewing what others have said, but I just didn't feel that there's much here that adds anything new.
flourishing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Born Digital is a pretty good approach to "Digital Natives," even if I felt like it was obvious it wasn't written by a Digital Native itself. I really appreciated that Palfrey appeared to understand that Digital Natives genuinely think in different ways than non-natives do - and that that isn't a bad thing.It was a little odd that throughout the book the words "Digital Natives" were capitalized; it also made me feel a little bit like he was writing about some obscure jungle tribe. But then I suppose that new media are about as weird and scary as the jungle to most older folks.One quibble: Palfrey clearly doesn't understand fanfiction or the laws surrounding it very well, so if you read this book, you ought to ignore that part. It's only a small section, but it really got under my skin. Suffice to say that most fanfiction is covered under "fair use" because it constitutes a commentary on the original text - not just a continuation of it.
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