Public lecture by Professor Sonia Livingstone (LSE). Organised by the Goldsmiths Media Ethnography Group and the Digital Worldmaking Research Strand.
To understand how, in a heavily mediated society, a “digital thread” is now woven through the fabric of young people’s personal, social and learning lives, I undertook a year-long ethnography with one class of 13-14 year olds (with Julian Sefton-Green). This revealed the intersecting ways in which young people appropriate digital media to find spaces of personal autonomy and agency while their parents and teachers try to deploy digital media normatively to shape young people’s present achievements and future prospects – as played out through the subtle enactment of variously motivated or problematic connections and disconnections sustained within and between home and school. The result is that digital media – although not necessarily determining young people’s lives – have become a key site of anxiety, autonomy and struggle between the generations. My current work, focusing on parenting, argues that these digital dynamics must be analysed through a temporal lens as, for parents, present practices are shaped both by often-nostalgic recollections of their past childhood and, even more important, their anxieties about and desire to control an imagined digital future.
Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science and an expert on children, media and the Internet. She is author or editor of nineteen books and many academic articles and chapters. She has been visiting professor at the Universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Harvard, Illinois, Milan, Paris II, and Stockholm, and is on the editorial board of several leading journals. She is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society for the Arts, and fellow and past President of the International Communication Association, ICA. Sonia Livingstone was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 "for services to children and child Internet safety".
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|10 Oct 2017||5:00pm - 6:30pm|
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