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Worried About the Wrong ThingsYouth, Risk, and Opportunity in the Digital World$
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Jacqueline Ryan Vickery

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036023

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036023.001.0001

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Networked Sharing: Participation, Copyright, and Values

Networked Sharing: Participation, Copyright, and Values

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Worried About the Wrong Things

Jacqueline Ryan Vickery

The MIT Press

This chapter challenges understandings of participatory culture by examining the barriers that prevent some marginalized media creators from sharing their creative media in online spaces. Students cited three reasons why they didn’t want to share their creative content online: fear that someone would steal it, concerns that their work wasn’t professional enough, or they lacked the time and access required to build beneficial online networks. The students’ legitimate concerns reflect the ways learning is embedded within cultural systems and relationships and highlights the need for literacy development and adult guidance in learning how to fully and safely participate online. Although intentional online visibility is accompanied by risk, it can also be beneficial to students’ identities and future aspirations. The chapter makes suggestions for ways that schools can equip students with the necessary digital literacies and protections necessary for them to safely participate in a collaborative manner that is mutually beneficial to students and society.

Keywords:   YouTube, network literacy, professional aspirations, identity, safety, visibility, inequality, creativity, videos, amateur

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