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.
Dates & times
|10 Oct 2017||5:00pm - 6:30pm|
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