We can no longer imagine leisure, or the home, without media and communication technologies, and for the most part, we would not want to. Yet as worldwide the television screen in the family home is set to become the site of a multimedia culture integrating telecommunications, broadcasting, computing and video, many questions arise concerning their place in our daily lives. Young People and New Media offers an invaluable up-to-date account of children and young people's changing media environment at the end of the twentieth century. By locating the insights drawn from a major empirical research reported in Young People, New Media within a survey of the burgeoning but fragmented research literature on ne

The Diffusion and Appropriation of New Media

The diffusion and appropriation of new media

Framing the Questions

Young people's lives are increasingly mediated by information and communication technologies, yet their use of these technologies depends in turn on the social and cultural contexts of their daily lives. Before exploring this interdependency of the shaping, uses and consequences of media technologies, one must know the basic facts and figures about which media children and young people have access to at home and how much time they spend with them.

Although surveys of the adult population are increasingly abundant as issues relating to ICT rise on the policy agenda, these tend to exclude children and young people (although they may include adults speaking ‘for’ children) and to focus on media ...

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