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Worried about the wrong things : youth, risk, and opportunity in the digital world

Author: Jacqueline Ryan Vickery
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
Series: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation series on digital media and learning.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It's a familiar narrative in both real life and fiction, from news reports to television storylines: a young person is bullied online, or targeted by an online predator, or exposed to sexually explicit content. The consequences are bleak; the young person is shunned, suicidal, psychologically ruined. Jacqueline Ryan Vickery argues that there are other urgent concerns about young people's online experiences besides  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Vickery, Jacqueline Ryan.
Worried about the wrong things
(DLC) 2016038045
(OCoLC)958796434
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jacqueline Ryan Vickery
ISBN: 9780262339339 0262339331 9780262339346 026233934X 9780262536219 0262536218
OCLC Number: 1000300063
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 339 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction : a generation at risk? --
I. Risk. Historical fears : teens, technology, and anxiety --
Policies of panic : porn, predators, and peers --
Access denied : information, knowledge, and literacy --
Negotiating control : distractions, stress, and boredom --
II. Experiences. Networked sharing : participation, copyright, and values --
Visible privacy : norms, preferences, and strategies --
(Dis)connected pathways : expectations, goals, and opportunities --
Conclusion : opportunity-driven expectations.
Series Title: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation series on digital media and learning.
Responsibility: Jacqueline Ryan Vickery.

Abstract:

It's a familiar narrative in both real life and fiction, from news reports to television storylines: a young person is bullied online, or targeted by an online predator, or exposed to sexually explicit content. The consequences are bleak; the young person is shunned, suicidal, psychologically ruined. Jacqueline Ryan Vickery argues that there are other urgent concerns about young people's online experiences besides porn, predators, and peers. We need to turn our attention to inequitable opportunities for participation in a digital culture. Technical and material obstacles prevent low-income and other marginalized young people from the positive, community-building, and creative experiences that are possible online. Vickery explains that cautionary tales about online risk have shaped the way we think about technology and youth. She analyzes the discourses of risk in popular culture, journalism, and policy, and finds that harm-driven expectations, based on a privileged perception of risk, enact control over technology. Opportunity-driven expectations, on the other hand, based on evidence and lived experience, produce discourses that acknowledge the practices and agency of young people rather than seeing them as passive victims who need to be protected. Vickery first addresses how the discourses of risk regulate and control technology, then turns to the online practices of youth at a low-income, minority-majority Texas high school. Finally, she shows that opportunity-driven expectations can guide young people's online experiences in ways that balance protection and agency.

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