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

Living Together Separately: The Family Context of Media Use

Living together separately: The family context of media use

Family, Household, Home

Family life in the twentieth century saw an increasingly focus on the home (Allan, 1985), so that now using media at home means, for many people, using media in the context of family life. Despite the ordinariness of this observation, in writing about the family one must acknowledge how emotive and contested the notion of ‘the family’ has become (Muncie et al., 1999), and this complicates any analysis of the media. Assigned the task of nurturing and reproducing society's highest moral values, both through sustaining ‘traditional’ living standards and through the ‘responsible’ socialisation of children, the family is simultaneously the focus of high expectations and considerable ...

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