DIGITAL YOUTH RESEARCH

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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PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS

Amateur Cultural Productions

Cody, Rachel. 2005. “Rhythm Emotion: An Ethnographic Study of Online Gundam Wing Slash Fans.” Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Ito, Mizuko. 2007. “Technologies of the Childhood Imagination: Yugioh, Media Mixes, and Everyday Cultural Production.” Pp. 86-111 in Structures of Participation in Digital Culture, edited by J. Karaganis. New York: Social Science Research Council.

Ito, Mizuko. 2006. “Japanese Media Mixes and Amateur Cultural Exchange.” Pp. 49-66 in Digital Generations, edited by D. Buckingham and R. Willet. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Ito, Mizuko. 2005. “Intertextual Enterprises: Writing Alternative Places and Meanings in the Media Mixed Networks of Yugioh.” Pp. 180-99 in E.T. Culture: Anthropology in Outer Spaces, edited by D. Battaglia. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Ito, Mizuko. 2005. “Otaku Literacy,” a blurb by Mimi Ito in the monograph of the Summit for 21st Century Literacy.

Lange, Patricia G. 2007. “Searching for the ‘You’ in ‘YouTube’: An Analysis of Online Response Ability.” Pp. 31-45 in Proceedings of the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference 2007. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Manion, Annie. 2005. “Discovering Japan: Anime and Learning Japanese Culture.” Unpublished Master's Thesis, East Asian Studies Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Digital Media and Learning

Chan, Steve, Sarai Mitnick, and Sarita Yardi. 2006. “Class Chat: A Tool for Visualizing Backchannel Discussions.” Unpublished Master's Project, School of Information Management and Systems, University of California, Berkeley.

Ito, Mizuko. 2008. “Mobilizing the Imagination in Everyday Play: The Case of Japanese Media Mixes.” Pp. 397-412 in International Handbook of Children, Media, and Culture, edited by S. Livingstone and K. Drotner. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Ito, Mizuko. 2007. “Education V. Entertainment: A Cultural History of Children's Software.” Pp. 89-116 in Katie Salen Ed., Ecology of Games, edited by K. Salen. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Ito, Mizuko. 2006. “Engineering Play: Children’s Software and the Cultural Politics of Edutainment.” Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 27(2):139-60.

Lange, Patricia G. 2006. ”Covert Mentoring on the Internet: Methods for Confirming Status in Imagined Technical Communities.” Anthropology of Work Review 26(2):21-4.

Perkel, Dan. 2008. ”Copy and Paste Literacy: Literacy Practices in the Production of a MySpace Profile.” Pp. 203-24 in Informal Learning and Digital Media: Constructions, Contexts, Consequences, edited by K. Drotner, H. S. Jensen, and K. C. Schroeder. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Perkel, Dan, Sarita Yardi, Carrie Burgener, Nick Reid, and Rachel Strickland. 2005. ”Explorations into Collaborative Story Creation through Design Research with Kids.” Unpublished Master's Project, School of Information Management and Systems, University of California, Berkeley.

Discourse and Communication

Lange, Patricia G. 2009. “Videos of Affinity on YouTube,” in The YouTube Reader, Patrick Vonderau and Pelle Snickars, Eds. Pp. 228-247. Swedish National Library Press, Distributed by Wallflower Press.

Lange, Patricia G. 2007. ”Commenting on Comments: Investigating Responses to Antagonism on YouTube.” Presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, March 31, Tampa, FL.

Lange, Patricia G. 2007. ”Publicly Private and Privately Public: Social Networking on YouTube.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 13(1).

Lange, Patricia G. 2007. “Searching for the ‘You’ in ‘YouTube’: An Analysis of Online Response Ability.” Pp. 31-45 in Proceedings of the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference 2007. Berkeley CA: University of California Press.

Lange, Patricia G. 2007. ”The Vulnerable Video Blogger: Promoting Social Change through Intimacy.” Scholar and Feminist Online 5(2).

Lange, Patricia G. 2006. ”Getting to Know You: Using Hostility to Reduce Anonymity in Online Communication.” Pp. 95-107 in Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Symposium about Language and Society-Austin Texas Linguistic Forum 49.

Lange, Patricia G. 2006. ”What's Your Claim to Flame?” First Monday 11(9).

Lange, Patricia G. 2003. ”Virtual Trouble: Negotiating Access in Online Communities.” Unpublished PhD Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Pascoe, C.J. 2005. ”Dude, You're a Fag: Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse.” Sexualities 8(3):329-46.

Robinson, Laura. 2005. “Debating the Events of September 11th: Discursive and Interactional Dynamics in Three Online Fora.” The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication Special Edition: Online Communities: Design, Theory and Practice 10(4).

Gaming and Gamers

Bittanti, Matteo, ed. 2008. Schermi interattivi. Il cinema nei videogiochi. Rome, Italy: Meltemi Editore.

Bittanti, Matteo. 2007. "All Too Urban. To Live and Die in SimCity." In Videogames. Player/Game/Text, edited by B. Atkins and T. Krzywinska. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

Bittanti, Matteo. 2007. “Do Game Designers Dream of Electronic Sheep? Playing God in Videogames and Narrative.” In Homo Videoludens. Critical Essays on Videogames, edited by C. Scolari. Vico, Spain: Eumo Editorial.

Bittanti, Matteo and Domenico Quaranta. 2006. GameScenes. Art in the Age of Videogames. Milan, Italy: Johan&Levi.

Bittanti, Matteo, ed. 2005. Civilization. Storie Virtuali, Fantasie Reali. Milan, Italy: costa&nolan.

Bittanti, Matteo, ed. 2005. Gli strumenti del videogiocare. Logiche, Estetiche, (v)Ideologie. Milan, Italy: costa&nolan.

Bittanti, Matteo and Sue Morris, eds. 2005. Doom. Giocare in prima persona. Milan, Italy: costa&nolan.

Ito, Mizuko. 2008. ”The Gender Dynamics of the Japanese Media Mix.” Pp. 97-109 in Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming, edited by Y. Kafai, J. Denner, C. Heeter, and J. Sun. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Lange, Patricia G. Forthcoming. ”Learning Real Life Lessons from Online Games.” In Games and Culture.

Law, Arthur. 2005. ”Team Play: Kids in the Cafe.” Unpublished Master's Project, School of Information Management and Systems, University of California, Berkeley.

Media and Culture

boyd, danah. 2008. ”Digital Handshakes in Networked Publics: Why Politicians Must Interact, Not Broadcast.” Pp. 91-4 in Mobilizing Generation 2.0., edited by B. Rigby. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

boyd, danah. 2007. ”Information Access in a Networked World.” Presented to Pearson Publishing, Palo Alto, CA, November 2.

Lange, Patricia G. 2009. “Videos of Affinity on YouTube,” in The YouTube Reader, Patrick Vonderau and Pelle Snickars, Eds. Pp. 228-247. Swedish National Library Press, Distributed by Wallflower Press.

Lange, Patricia G. 2008. ”(Mis)Conceptions about YouTube.” Pp. 87-100 in Videovortex Reader: Responses to YouTube, edited by G. Lovink and S. Niederer. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Institute of Network Cultures.

Lange, Patricia G. 2007. ”Commenting on Comments: Investigating Responses to Antagonism on YouTube.” Presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, March 31, Tampa, FL.

Lange, Patricia G. 2007. ”Searching for the ‘You’ in ‘YouTube’: An Analysis of Online Response Ability.” Pp. 31-45 in Proceedings of the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference 2007. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Martinez, Katynka. Forthcoming. “The Deterritorialized Telenovela in a Neo-network Era: Finding an Online Home for MyNetwork Soaps.” In Wired TV: Post Network Television’s Virtual Worlds, edited by D. Mann.

Martinez, Katynka. 2008. “Real Women and Their Curves: Letters to the Editor and a Magazine’s Celebration of the ‘Latina Body.’” Pp. 137-59 in Latina/o Communication Studies Today, edited by A. N. Valdivia. New York: Peter Lang Press.

Martinez, Katynka. 2007. “American Idols with Caribbean Soul: Cubanidad and the Latin Grammys.” Latino Studies 4(3):381-400.

Martinez, Katynka. 2007. “Monolingualism, Biculturalism, and Cable TV: HBO Latino and the Promise of the Multiplex.” Pp. 194-214 in Cable Visions: Television beyond Broadcasting, edited by S. Banet-Weiser, C. Chris, and A. Freitas. New York: New York University Press.

Robinson, Laura. 2006. “Online Art Auctions à la Française and à
l'Américaine: eBay France and eBay USA.” Social Science Computer Review
24(4):426-44.

Robinson, Laura and David Halle. 2002. “Digitization, the Internet, and the Arts: eBay, SAG, e-Books, and Napster.” Qualitative Sociology 25(3):359-83.

Mobile Phone Culture

Horst, Heather A. 2006. “The Blessings and Burdens of Communication: Cell Phones in Jamaican Transnational Social Fields.” Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs 6(2):142-60.

Horst, Heather A. and Daniel Miller. 2006. “Introduction." Pp. 1-18 in The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication, by H. A. Horst and D. Miller. Oxford, UK, and New York: Berg Press.

Horst, Heather A. and Daniel Miller. 2005. “From Kinship to Link-Up: Cell Phones and Social Networking in Jamaica.” Current Anthropology 46(5):755-78.

Ito, Mizuko, Daisuke Okabe, and Ken Anderson. Forthcoming. “Portable Objects in Three Global Cities: The Personalization of Urban Spaces.” In The Mobile Communication Research Annual Volume 1: The Reconstruction of Space and Time through Mobile Communication Practices, edited by R. Ling and S. Campbell. Edison, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Ito, Mizuko. 2005. “Mobile Phones, Japanese Youth, and the Re-placement of Social Contact.” Pp. 131-48 in Mobile Communications: Re-negotiation of the Social Sphere, edited by R. Ling and P. Pedersen. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Ito, Mizuko and Daisuke Okabe. 2005. “Intimate Connections: Contextualizing Japanese Youth and Mobile Messaging.” Pp. 127-43 in The Inside Text: Social, Cultural, and Design Perspectives on SMS, edited by R. Harper, L. Palen, and A. Taylor. New York: Springer.

Ito, Mizuko, Daisuke Okabe, and Misa Matsuda, eds. 2005. Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Okabe, Daisuke and Mizuko Ito. 2006. “Everyday Contexts of Camera Phone Use: Steps Toward Techno-Social Ethnographic Frameworks.” Pp. 79-102 in Mobile Communication in Everyday Life, edited by J. Höflich and M. Hartmann. Berlin, Germany: Frank & Timme.

Networked Public Culture

boyd, danah. 2008. “Facebook's Privacy Trainwreck: Exposure, Invasion, and Social Convergence.” Convergence 14(1):13-20.

boyd, danah. 2007. “Case Commentary on ‘We Googled You: Should Fred Hire Mimi despite her Online History?’” Harvard Business Review (June).

boyd, danah. 2007. “None of This Is Real.” Pp. 132-57 in Structures of Participation in Digital Culture, edited by J. Karaganis. New York: Social Science Research Council.

boyd, danah. 2007. “Socializing Digitally.” Vodafone Receiver Magazine 18: At Home.

boyd, danah. 2007. “Social Network Sites: Public, Private, or What?” Knowledge Tree 13 (May).

boyd, danah. 2007. “The Significance of Social Software.” Pp. 15-30 in BlogTalks Reloaded: Social Software Research and Cases, edited by T. N. Burg and J. Schmidt. Norderstedt, Germany: Books on Demand.

boyd, danah. 2007. “Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life.” Pp. 119-42 in The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning - Youth, Identity, and Digital Media, edited by D. Buckingham. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

boyd, danah and Nicole B. Ellison. 2007. “Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 13(1).

boyd, danah. 2006. “Friends, Friendsters, and MySpace Top 8: Writing Community into Being on Social Network Sites.” First Monday 11(12).

Ito, Mizuko. 2008. “Networked Publics: Introduction.” Pp. 1-14 in Networked Publics, edited by K. Varnelis. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Lange, Patricia G. 2009. “Videos of Affinity on YouTube,” in The YouTube Reader, Patrick Vonderau and Pelle Snickars, Eds. Pp. 228-247. Swedish National Library Press, Distributed by Wallflower Press.

Lange, Patricia G. 2007. ”Publicly Private and Privately Public: Social Networking on YouTube.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 13(1).

Robinson, Laura. 2006. “Black Friday and Feedback Bombing: An Examination of Trust and Online Community in eBay’s Early History.” Pp. 123-36 in The eBay Reader, edited by K. Hillis, M. Petit, and N. Epley. New York: Routledge.

Russell, Adrienne, Mizuko Ito, Todd Richmond, and Marc Tuters. 2008. “Culture: Media Convergence and Networked Participation.” Pp. 43-76 in Networked Publics, edited by K. Varnelis. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Youth and Youth Cultures

Lange, Patricia G. 2007. "Fostering Friendship Through Video Production: How Youth use YouTube to Enrich Local Interaction." Paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference, May 27, 2007, San Francisco, California.

Martinez, Katynka. 2008. “Digital Media and New Technology.” Pp. 94-100 in Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia, edited by C. A. Mitchell and J. Reid-Walsh. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Martinez, Katynka. 2008. “Quinceañera.” Pp. 493-96 in Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia, edited by C. A. Mitchell and J. Reid-Walsh. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Pascoe, C.J. 2007. Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Pascoe, C.J. 2007. “What if a Guy Hits on You? Intersections of Gender, Sexuality and Age in Fieldwork with Adolescents.” Pp. 226-47 in Representing Youth: Methodological Issues in Critical Youth Studies, edited by A. Best. New York: New York University Press.

Pascoe, C.J. 2005. “Dude, You're a Fag: Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse.” Sexualities 8(3):329-46.

Pascoe, C.J. 2003. “Multiple Masculinities? Teenage Boys Talk about Jocks and Gender.” American Behavioral Scientist 46(10):1423-1438.