7 thoughts on “digital natives: digital renegades or digital captives?”

  1. the youth living in controlled societies….

    I LOVE IT!!

    I have been reading Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine and I am all about disaster capitalism, Chicago School economic policies, planned failure, shock and awe, and control. IT fits!!! everything does, doesn’it Corinna?

  2. Great video by Mimi, Adrienne! I like the bit where she talks about how different kids use the technology differently, some focusing on gossip and fun and some other focusing on more specialized interests. I guess that could support this idea that it could go both ways: either furthering engagement (loosely defined as ‘civic’) or cyber ‘hedonism’ like Evgeny says, although I don’t like the word hedonism very much.

    I wasn’t familiar with this “media pacifies the youth” argument.

  3. In Korea, the Internet is a force that catapults extreme leftist views, while silencing moderates or conservatives (who are afraid to be attacked by aggressive leftist net users) so that youth representation on the Internet is completely distorted. I believe that Internet amplifies the thoughts of people who aggressively utilize it and while that has been democracy in some communities, it is not the case in others, which is why I think it is useless to argue whether or not the Internet promotes democracy in a general context because clearly it does in some places and doesn’t in others. That is why we need more global studies of the Internet; because unlike studying the impact of TV, where research in the US could apply to other societies, the Internet’s impact is two-way and therefore you can’t consider impact without studying the people.

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