March 10, 2014

Danah Boyd spoke about her book, It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Does social media affect the quality of teens' lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, Boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers' ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, Boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity. Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, Boyd concludes reassuringly that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens By danah boyd Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300199000
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Yale University Press - February 24th, 2015