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Rebecca Davis

"Living and Learning with Social Media" - 0 views

  • Today's teens are still more interested in their friends than their lessons. They're still resistant to power and authority at variable levels. They still gossip, bully, flirt, joke around, and hang out. The underlying dynamics are fairly consistent. That said, technology is inflecting these practices in unique ways. And my goal here today is to talk about these inflection points.
  • They use these sites to connect to people that they already know from school, church, activities, summer camp, etc.
  • One of the most problematic mistakes adults make when trying to make sense of social network sites is to presume that kids interact on these sites just like they do
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  • Teens are using this space as a social hangout with their pre-existing network.
  • Profiles
  • Think of the profile as a digital body
  • This is about showing off to known individuals
  • self-expression for friends
  • Friends
  • it's socially rude not to
  • Friends is as intended audience
  • Comments
  • process of social grooming
  • Teens know how to have deeper conversations - this just isn't where those necessarily happen.
  • New Feed
  • according to Pew, the median age of the Twitterverse is 31
  • social pressure to be where your friends are
  • How are these environments similar or different to other public spaces?
  • Persistence
  • What you say sticks around
  • Replicability
  • crux of rumor-spreading
  • bullying
  • Searchability
  • when trying to avoid those who hold power over you, it may be less than ideal
  • Scalability
  • spiral out of control
  • (de)locatability
  • simultaneously more and less connected to physical space
  • implications have to do with the ways in which they alter social dynamics
  • Invisible Audiences
  • lurkers
  • we are having to present ourselves and communicate without fully understanding the potential or actual audience
  • Collapsed Contexts
  • Social media brings all of these contexts crashing into one another and it's often difficult to figure out what's appropriate, let alone what can be understood.
  • Blurring of Public and Private.
  • youth see privacy in terms of control - control of space, control of information, control of trust
  • reproduction of socio-economic status and class divisions in digital worlds.
  • Teens who use MySpace can't communicate with those on Facebook and vice-versa. So if you don't participate, you're written out of the story. This means that divisions are re-inforced. Forget all of the rhetoric about how the Internet is the great equalizer - it's the great reproducer of inequality.
  • For all of the attention paid to "digital natives" it's important to realize that most teens are engaging with social media without any deep understanding of the underlying dynamics or structure. Just because they understand how to use the technology doesn't mean that they understand the information ecology that surrounds it. Most teens don't have the scaffolding for thinking about their information practices.
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