Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies

Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies

by Patricia G Lange

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The mall is so old school—these days kids are hanging out on YouTube, and depending on whom you ask, they'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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781315425719
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/17/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 972,964
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Patricia G. Lange is an Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Recognized as an expert on YouTube and new media, she has been published in a wide variety of scholarly journals and contributed to the first edited volumes on YouTube, She is a co-author of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (2010), and Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project (2009). She has also released the ethnographic film Hey Watch This! Sharing the Self Through Media (2013), a diachronic investigation of YouTube as a social media site. Lange is the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of The CASTAC Blog, the official blog of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing. For more information visit

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Ways With Video Chapter 2: Video-Mediated Friendships: Specialization and Relational Expertise Chapter 3: Girls Geeking Out on YouTube Chapter 4: Mediated Civic Engagement Chapter 5: Video-Mediated Lifestyles Chapter 6: Representational Ideologies Chapter 7: On Being Self-Taught Chapter 8: Conclusion Appendix: Studying YouTube: An Ethnographic Approach References Index About the Author

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