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It's Complicated

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Monica Yokogawa

on 1 June 2015

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Transcript of It's Complicated

Danah Boyd
Teenagers are living in a society in which social media is becoming an essential daily need, but are still highly misunderstood by adults, who often interfere with teenager's ability to gain information and interact with the community online.
Book Thesis:
Parents, teachers, and anyone who works with teens:

Intended Audience
"As a cognitive scientist Steven Pinker points out [...] far from making us stupid, these technologies are the only things that will keep us smart." (pg 92)
3 primary persuasive strategies
"Even in suburban enclaves where crimes are rare [and] [...] communities [she] visited, families saw biking around the neighborhood as [...] unsafe." (pg 86)
It's Complicated
Boyd throughout the book displayed various snippets of how teenagers all across the United States feel regarding their online identity, safety, and privacy. It helps provide insight for adults trying to comprehend teenagers and the technological world by showing that teenager's need to be connected online is a mutual feeling shared nation wide and how what they are doing online makes sense.
"They argue these restrictions are necessary in an increasingly dangerous society, even though the data suggested that contemporary youth face fewer danger than they did 20 years ago." (pg. 87-88)

It helps the writer's arguments by showing how parents restricting children from hanging out with friends due to their parental fear, child's lack of transportation, and other things made online and social media the only way/faster way to connect with friends without relying on parents.
"Internet-initiated sexual assaults are rare. The overall number of sex crimes against minors has been steadily declining since 1992, which also suggests that the internet is not creating a new plague." (pg 111)
It helps the writer's argument by proving that all propaganda that accuses internet for being the main reason for the introduction to predators isn't correct, therefore exposing people to the real truth. It proves that predators are more likely to be at public places such as the mall, gym, place of worship, than online, making social media a safer place for teenagers to hang out.
It helps by proving that social media isn't making teens stupid but helping them learn to comprehend the world around them by mainly developing their social skills. Media isn't brainwashing teen's brains, but helping their brains function better.
" In
Discipline and Punishment,
philosopher Michael Foucalt describes how surveillance operates as a mechanism of control. When inmates believe they are being watched, they conform to what they believe to be the norms of the prison and the expectation of their jailors[...] when parents choose to hover, lurk, and track they implicitly try to regulate teens' practices." (pg 74)
Shows that the author recognizes how teenagers and adults react to when it comes to privacy online. It shows that trust is needed so teenagers will learn to make independent choices, otherwise parents are just going to be interfering on that ability while creating a false sense of character for their child.
This shows the fears and paranoia of parents concerned about their kid's safety, who isolate them from life outside their homes helping explain the increased use of social media.
"Offline, those from abusive homes or facing mental health crises are often struggling in isolation or in an environment where no adult is paying attention. Online they can be visible. "
Shows that technology, specifically social media, helps those in need to get their point of view out there and share their own stories, using it as an outlet or escape, while also allowing those out there to help out in those situations.
Questions this book raises...
- Why do most adults feel the urge to limit teenager's access to technology, since it apparently puts them at risk, but at the same time they use it just much?

Questions for author...
-If you had your own children, which you don't yet, would you be so liberal with them regarding social media, as you reccomend to parents through the book?
Question's the book answer...
-How are teenagers treated due to these new technologies compared to back in the days, when there were none?
-What are the pros and cons of media regarding teenager's life?
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