Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital by John Palfrey, Urs Gasser

By John Palfrey, Urs Gasser

The 1st iteration of 'Digital Natives'; youngsters who have been born into and raised within the electronic global; are coming of age, and shortly our international may be reshaped of their picture. Our economic climate, our politics, our tradition, or even the form of our kin existence may be endlessly reworked. yet who're those electronic Natives? and what's the area they're developing going to seem like?

In 'Born Digital', prime web and expertise specialists John Palfrey and Urs Gasser supply a sociological portrait of those adolescents, who can appear, even to these basically a iteration older, either terribly subtle and unusually slender. Exploring a extensive diversity of matters, from the hugely philosophical to the merely functional, 'Born Digital' may be crucial studying for fogeys, academics, and the myriad of harassed adults who are looking to comprehend the electronic current and form the electronic destiny.

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15 As she shares information about her identity on Facebook or on her Xanga blog, a sixteen-year-old is providing clues to the psychological and sociological processes that underlie the social interactions of her peer group more broadly. On the one hand, the disclosure of personal information on her blog, social network site, or home page is a new form of peer communication that replaces old ones (such as diaries or letters). 16 On the other hand, the revelation of personal data on the Internet helps her to establish group membership, which is central to her social identity.

She might put in her real age because she doesn’t want “creeps” looking at her pictures and knowing all about her. Only people she expressly approves as friends can access her page, including her photos, music, videos, and friends’ comments about those items. In other countries, Digital Natives are beginning to flock to similar services, such as studiVZ in German-speaking cultures and Mixi in Japan. Research has shown that Facebook continues to hold the upper hand in older and wealthier demographics.

0465005154-Palfrey:Layout 1 6/16/08 2:29 PM Page 38 This page intentionally left blank 0465005154-Palfrey:Layout 1 6/16/08 2:29 PM Page 39 2 I N THE DIGITAL AGE, PEOPLE TRADE CONVENIENCE FOR CONTROL ALL THE time. Digital systems offer highly efficient means of leading lives in networked societies around the world. These conveniences enable consumers to buy more things that they want (or that marketers think they ought to want), voters to participate in civic life more easily, bureaucracies to offer shorter lines for the provision of services or payment of bills, employers to squeeze greater productivity out of their employees, doctors to provide better health care to their patients, and so forth.

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