"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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The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference starts this evening and runs through October 6. DY's Patricia Lange will be presenting a paper titled "Searching for the “You” in “YouTube”: An analysis of online response ability" Thursday, October 4, sharing the time with three presentations from industry researchers (Intel and Avenue A/Razorfish) and another university-based academic from U. Colorado at Boulder (see the program here). Christo Sims, Michael Carter, and I will also be going to present a poster about our collective research efforts over the past 2+ years (Friday morning's "Artifact Session").
The theme of the conference this year is "Being Heard," which has some interesting overlaps with our work on this project. I would say that all of us are committed to our role as making kids'/youths'/teenagers'/young peoples' (pick your terms!) "heard," though how near or far this approaches an adovcate perspective differs from researcher to researcher.
The EPIC site explains: "EPIC is the premier international forum bringing together artists, computer scientists, designers, social scientists, marketers, academics and advertisers to discuss recent developments and future advances around ethnographic praxis in industry."
I am curious to see how our work sits alongside work being done by industry academics, in terms of method, population, and general approach to research.