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 Media-Rich Home: Balancing Public and Private Lives

The media-rich home: Balancing public and private lives

Public and Private Leisure Spaces

Thus far I have discussed the domestic diffusion and appropriation of new media in the context of competing leisure alternatives. I now focus on how ‘the home’ is itself changing as a context for family life and media use. At the turn of the twenty-first century, ‘the home is now commonly accepted as providing personal fulfilment and satisfaction as well as the means of recuperating from the pressures of the working day’ (Allan, 1985: 57). However, it was not always thus. Segalen (1996) argues that the model of the single family home emerged first in the middle classes, especially in the early twentieth century, with a ...

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