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Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning With New Media

(The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Conventional wisdom about young people's use of digital technology often equates generational identity with technology identity: today's teens seem constantly plugged in to video games, social networking sites, and text messaging. Yet there is little actual research that investigates the intricate dynamics of youths' social and recreational use of digital media. "Hanging O ...more
Hardcover, 419 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by MIT Press (MA) (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 po
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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, creat
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-science
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 ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting collection of portraits of youth online. The best part for me was the voices of the kids describing their online lives.
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In April, I read "Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project" by Mizuko Ito, et al. I found this book while browsing Amazon's free books for the Kindle for PC. I decided to give it a try since it seemed relevant to my work with youth media and the fact that it was free didn't hurt either. Not only is the study relevant to the youth I work with, I also fall into the same categories that the authors present as a young adult who is continually involved in ...more
Jane Hammons
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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 ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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!
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
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.)
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It was a lot more academic than I expected, but it was quite interesting.
Very dense and research report-like. I need more practical.
Gary Johnston
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped, non-fiction
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.
Jun 22, 2010 is currently reading it
Finding this a brilliant read and really interesting covering a whole range of subject matter
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A great ethnographic study of how children use these far-fangled new gadgets these days.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Extremely academic and doesn't seem too real world oriented. Case studies are very interesting.
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