This is a continuation of my notes from the MacArthur Foundation report from their Digital Youth Project. This section focuses on “Messing Around.”
- “Messing Around” – involves experimentation and exploration with relatively low investment, where there are few consequences to trial, error, and even failure. [Dream Big, and Take Risks]
- 87 percent [teens] reported using a search engine at least once a week. “lurking”
- Self-directed and the outcomes of the activity emerge through exploration.
- Youth are pursuing topics on their own.
- Exploration leads to tinkering which leads to serious engagement to perfect work.
- Games such as Neopets allow customization for youth to engage in game design.
- Peer-based learning
I have been tweeting my notes for the last 15 minutes, and just realized I should just keep a blog of my thoughts rather than bombarding my Twitter with random posts. I am finally reading the Living and Learning with New Media report published by MacArthur Foundation. Here are my notes as I read:
- “Genres of participation is a set of social cultural & technological charateristics that partcipants recognize as defining set of practices”
- Friendship-driven genres of participation = MySpace & Facebook
- Peer-based learning is not “peer pressure”
- Do #teachers believe “hanging out” with teenage peers = supporting social learning or = waste time?
- “Hypersocial: young people use specific media as tokens of identity, taste, and style to negotiate their sense of self in relation to peers”
- Get the full copy of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out by Mizuko Ito & Others from MIT Press: http://ow.ly/NM5i
- “Tele-cocooning: practice of maintaining frequent and sometimes constant (if passive) contact with close friends or romantic partners”
- “controlled casualness” – teens carefully compose messages that appear to be casual
- Connecting as friends through FB changes the dynamic of that connection with someone you meet just once. Now you have to acknowledge each other more in person sometimes.
- Irony – Teenagers who put content on the public web feel their privacy has been violated when parents check their site.