"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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Patricia G. Lange is conducting research at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at the University of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her areas of interest for the digital youth project are centered around using theories from anthropology and linguistics to understand the cultural dynamics of video creation, reception, and exchange among kids and youth. She is studying sites such as YouTube as well as video blogging communities to gain insight into the communicative aspects of video sharing. Lange is exploring how the content and form of videos as well as video sharing and response practices serve as sites of identity negotiation and emerging cultural perspectives in increasingly video-mediated, online milieu. She has recently published articles in a variety of journals including: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Discourse Studies, Anthropology of Work Review, First Monday, and The Scholar and Feminist Online.