Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media

About Digital Youth

"Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives. Read more

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Photo Credits: Ritchie Ly and Geert Allegaert.

Media Practices in Rural and Urban Landscapes

Project Staff: Christo Sims

The study, “Media Practices in Rural and Urban Landscapes” sought accounts of how young people, ages 12-18, are using new media in their everyday interactions with friends, family and intimates. I conducted interviews, home visits and participant observation with youth in two sites: the first was located in a region of the Sierra-Nevada foothills just beyond the outskirts of the greater Sacramento metropolitan area; the second was a located in a neighborhood in south Brooklyn, New York.

Fieldwork for the rural California site was primarily conducted during the summer of 2006. Fieldwork for the Brooklyn site was conducted primarily during the summer of 2007.

Findings from this study are featured in Digital Youth final report, particularly in the chapters on intimacy, friendship and homes and family.

Two field stories from the rural California study can be found on this website. They are:

This is Not lonelygirl15 and,

Technological Prospecting in Rural Landscapes