Fw: US Online Youth Involvement

From: Jonna Kangasoja (jonna.kangasoja@helsinki.fi)
Date: Thu Mar 25 2004 - 13:56:46 PST


Before the discussion on the Gutierrez et al. article speeds up I'd like to
share a piece of news - an example of the electronic third space - from
'Democracies Online Newswire'.
This fast moving field of electronically mediated _global_ collective
activities forces us to brush up the thinking around some of the core
concepts in CHAT.
(really enjoyed the 'goals, agency and interplay of forces' exchanges by
Iraj, David & others!)


>...a site that is an amazing global network of youth using
> ICTs to make the world (or their corner of it) a better place:
> http://www.takingitglobal.org
> ----- Forwarded message from Peter Levine <plevine@umd.edu> -----
> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 13:59:16 -0500
> From: Peter Levine <plevine@umd.edu>
> Subject: new study maps online youth political culture
> New Study Maps Online Political, Civic Activities of Generation Y,
> Youth Involvement on the Web
> WASHINGTON, DC (March 23, 2004) - An online youth civic culture, largely
> unnoticed by the general public, has taken root on the Internet and is
> fostering Generation Y's participation in U.S. politics and community
> affairs, according to a report released today by American University's
> Center for Social Media. The report can be viewed at
> http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/ecitizens/youthreport.pdf
> "So much of the debate over young people and the media culture has
> on protecting youth from indecent, violent, or pornographic content,"
> explained the study's principal author, Kathryn C. Montgomery, Ph.D.,
> professor in AU's School of Communication and co-director of the Center
> Social Media. "What this study reveals is that young people also use the
> Internet for civic and political engagement. They go online to register
> vote and to volunteer; some of them are also writing about world events,
> launching projects for community improvement, and learning skills for
> political action."
> The 155-page report, Youth as E-Citizens, identifies and analyzes almost
> websites, created for and in some cases by young people, that engage youth
> in civic activities. An "online tour" of this new online youth civic
> sector (http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/ecitizens/index.htm ) provides
> links to seventy-five websites that vividly embody this new digital civic
> landscape.
> Youth as E-Citizens received major funding from the Center for Information
> and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). The study is part
> of the Center for Social Media's new Youth, Media, and Democracy Project,
> which is supported by the Surdna Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
> --
> Peter Levine
> University of Maryland
> Deputy Director, CIRCLE (www.civicyouth.org)
> Research Scholar, Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy
> (www.puaf.umd.edu/ippp)
> Website: www.peterlevine.ws
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