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

Changing Media, Changing Literacies

Changing media, changing literacies

Active and Interactive Media Users

In this book I have considered a variety of explanations for why the home has become media-saturated, why family life has become so thoroughly mediated over the past half century. As part of a longer social history, key cultural shifts in the construction of home, family and leisure have been identified, each of which contributes to the shifting nature and importance of media use in everyday life. These must be seen against both the background of a relentless economic trend towards ever newer, ever cheaper information and communication technologies as well as a persistent agenda of anxieties about childhood and youth. Notwithstanding intriguingly different inflections in different countries,1 the present volume has explored why ...

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