Yesterday I went to the Young people’s media use and creative participation event hosted by my university Westminster. The event was introduced by David Gauntlett with a short presentation that outlined his soon to be published book, Making is Connecting in which he cleverly links to the symposium.
First up is Fatimah Awan with a presentation which forms part of the culmination of an AHRC funded project on Young People’s Mediaworlds she worked on with David. Much of the research was conducted using creative methods which in this case involved young people building 3 dimensional ‘identity boxes’. Fatimah’s presentation concerned her work at a school on Cumbria. The project diary and videos can be viewed here.
There were presentations from OFCOM, University of Oxford along with University of Tampere in Finland. However Ranjana Das from LSE, and someone I had met at the Summer School recently, delivered a very relevant presentation for my research entitled ‘Digital natives’? Divergence and consensus, similarities and differences. Ranjana discussed in her paper how the, so called, digital native are seen as technological literate but lack critical understanding of the internet and technology. This is becoming an increasingly relevant issue which questions much of what has been assumed and analysed by media commentators like Don Tapscott.