Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture

Adolescents are trying to make a change with the resources that they have, even if it is just in a simple online game. 14 year old’s are becoming pros at accomplishing and publishing what they want on the internet. A 14 year old decided to make his own website, which we all know as the Firefox Web browser. Many of the successes of teenagers have not been due to school. Many teens are frustrated that they aren’t able to learn useful skills like, “learning how to campaign and govern; how to read, write, edit, and defend civil liberties; how to program computers and run a business; how to make a movie and find distribution, (Jenkins, 2)” The internet means more to adolescents than it does to adults. To teenagers, it means emails, games, chats, etc. Participatory culture is expanding as culture absorbs and responds to new media technologies. Affinity Spaces can create a safe environment for educational opportunities for everyone. It focuses on peer-to-peer teaching to acquire new knowledge and skills. The internet has become such a big part of our lives that cities are offering WiFi connections. Youths are able to advance in media literacy with the help of these cities. Young people are creating forms of writing that is easily open to the public. However, adults are not able to fully understand the new ways that teens are deciding to express themselves online, resulting in children being unsupervised. In media education, students should be aware of their ethical choices and become more reflective on their posts.


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