It's Complicated

  • by danah boyd
  • Narrated by Beth Wendell
  • 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens' lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers' ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity.
Boyd's conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, teachers, and others who work with teens but also for anyone interested in the impact of emerging technologies on society, culture, and commerce in years to come. Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, boyd concludes reassuringly that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.

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Teens, social networking and media

Excellent research-informed analysis of how young people engage with, use, and establish their identities through social media. Well paced, informative, clearly narrated insights into a range of topical issues - why certain media become popular (or rapidly unpopular); how dangerous is 'stranger danger'; what is cyber-bullying and why does it occur? The author covers a range of issues canvassed through interviews with young people and their families and friends.

As a parent of three young adults - I found the book informative, interesting, engaging and evidence-based.

Danah Boyd offers useful insights and introduces the reader to a range of important, topical and contentious issues, often demonstrating that the scare-mongering from parents and the press undermines genuine efforts by young people to develop their voice, their agency and their networks, and to interact as equals with others.
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- Anthony "Prof of Global Health & Development - wide interests, fiction & non-, politics, justice & rights, culture & food, travel, art & creativity"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios