Boyd: Argument/Claims

Overview of the argument: How adults assume that youth automatically know and understand new technologies.  The youth is looked at as “digital natives” while adults are looked at as the “digital immigrants”, creating a generational gap.

Two main claims: 1. Youth must become media literate.  They need to be able to analyze and ask questions about certain things that they may find through the Internet.

2. The notion of digital natives has political roots.  Native against the immigrant.  Parents are terrified of their children since they are natives in a world where the parent will always be an immigrant.

A passage I would like to learn more about is the section on digital inequality, and more specifically digital divide.  It is interesting to me how the digital divide was used in late 1990’s to describe the gap in access between rich and poor.


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