Book #Giveaway: It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
An absolutely essential read, written by a leading expert, for anyone who wants to understand young people's use of social media

What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens' lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers' ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity.

boyd's conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, teachers, and others who work with teens but also for anyone interested in the impact of emerging technologies on society, culture, and commerce in years to come. Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, boyd concludes reassuringly that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.

About the Author
danah boyd, author of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, is Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Research Assistant Professor at New York University, and Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Her research focuses on how youth integrate technology into their everyday practices and other interactions between technology and society. She lives in New York City.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a hardcover copy of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

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  1. Carl Scott said...

    The next book on my list is an ARC of Ruby by Cynthia Bond that just arrived. Have a great day.

  2. Margie said...

    I'm currently reading The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Kristi said...

    I am going to have a teen on my hands in Sept.! My son is turning 13. I need this book. It sounds like a great resource.

  4. Yulong said...

    I am reading digital logical design: principles and practices. My next book should be it is complicated.

  5. bn100 said...

    Maybe take a chance by Abbi Glines

  6. Maureen said...

    I am reading Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas. It was written some years ago but I am still enjoying it.

  7. Katherine Ivan said...

    I'm nearly finished with an ARC of THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Laura McHugh (released today). I've been switching between that and an ARC of I AM PILGRIM (out in May).

  8. Carl Scott said...

    I just got notification that I won in my inbox. That's excellent! Thanks very much!!

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