Youth-Generated Culture: Growing Up in an Era of Social Media

Speaker: danah boyd , Microsoft Research and Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Date: Friday, November 20, 2009

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Refreshments: 12:45 PM

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Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room 32-G449

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Youth-Generated Culture: Growing Up in an Era of Social Media

Many of today's youth are embracing a wide array of social media as part of their everyday lives. From social network sites to texting to blogs, many youth are leveraging the power of social media to create, communicate, share, and learn. In this talk, I will examine the various emergent practices, focusing primarily on how American teenagers are navigating the world of social media as a part of everyday life. I will examine inflections in privacy, sociality, and learning. While this talk will focus on those engaged with social media, I will also discuss the costs and challenges of unequal access and the complications that occur when social stratification is reproduced in digital environments.

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danah boyd is a researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She recently completed her PhD in the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley. Her recent research focuses on how American youth use networked publics for sociable purposes. For her dissertation, danah examined the role that social network sites like MySpace and Facebook play in everyday teen interactions and social relations. This work was funded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of a broader grant on digital youth and informal learning. The findings of the broader team are documented in a co-authored book: Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. At the Berkman Center, danah co-directed the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to work with companies and non-profits to identify potential technical solutions for keeping children safe online. Currently, danah is co-directing the Youth Media and Policy Working Group, funded by MacArthur.

Dr. boyd received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University and a master's degree in sociable media from MIT Media Lab. She has worked as an ethnographer and social media researcher for various corporations, including Intel,, Google, and Yahoo! She also created and managed a large online community for V-Day, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women and girls worldwide. She has advised numerous other companies, sits on corporate, education, and non-profit advisory boards, and regularly speaks at a wide variety of conferences and events.

Funding support for this seminar series has been provided by Yahoo!.

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