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									Digital Youth Project
CJ Pascoe and Heather Horst Presentation for the 30th Anniversary of the Institute for the Study of Social Change

Ethnographic Studies of Youth and Digital Media
Peter Lyman University of California, Berkeley Mimi Ito University of Southern California Michael Carter Monterrey Institute for Technology and Education
Macarthur Foundation: Digital Media and Learning

Ethnographic Studies of Youth and Digital Media
Neighborhood and Community Sites
Schools, After-school Programs and Institutions Online and Media Specific Sites

Ethnographic Studies of Youth and Digital Media
What is the Relationship between Access and Participation? Access Questions: How do we give kids access to computers and technology? Participation Question: What draws kids to participate in certain activities? What are their specific practices? Where are the participation gaps and why?

Participation
“A notion of participation, as an alternative to “consumption,” has the advantage in not assuming that the child is passive or a mere “audience” to media content. It is agnostic as to the mode of engagement, and does not invoke one end of a binary between structure and agency, text and audience. It forces attention to the more ethnographic and practice based dimensions of media engagement (genres of participation), as well as the broader social and cultural contexts in which these activities are conducted (structures of participation). Mimi Ito. Forthcoming. “Mobilizing the Imagination in Everyday Play” http://www.itofisher.com/mito/ito.imagination.pdf

Case Study 1: Rural California
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Home-School Peers, Church Youth Group, Family Physically Isolated Bebo=Strengthens Existing Social Ties

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Case Study 2: Silicon Valley
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Fangqueen

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Writing Fan FictionHarry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Immersive Participation but restricted access Sister (“Maggie Possums”) practices diverge from fangqueen

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Ethnographic Studies of Youth and Digital Media

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