Deliberately selected to represent as many parts of the globe as possible, and with a commitment to recognizing both the similarities and differences in children and young people's lives - from China to Denmark, from Canada to India, from Japan to Iceland, from - the authors offer a rich contextualization of children's engagement with their particular media and communication environment, while also pursuing cross-cutting themes in terms of comparative and global trends.

Japanese Young People, Media and Everyday Life: Towards the Internationalizing of Media Studies

Japanese young people, media and everyday life: Towards the internationalizing of media studies
ToshieTakahashi

Introduction

Researcher:

‘Why do you have this long Disney string attached to your mobile phone?’

Yuka:

‘Because I don't want to lose my mobile, so I hang it from my neck. I can live no longer if I lose it’.

Yuka is a 15-year-old junior high-school girl from Shibuya, Tokyo. This is the place, according to Howard Rheingold, with the highest mobile phone density in the world.

For today's children and young people, media and information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones, game consoles, television, video/DVD and personal computers, play increasingly important roles in their everyday lives. In my fieldwork, they described these media ...

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