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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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Visible Privacy: Norms, Preferences, and Strategies

Visible Privacy: Norms, Preferences, and Strategies

(p.183) 6 Visible Privacy: Norms, Preferences, and Strategies
Worried About the Wrong Things

Jacqueline Ryan Vickery

The MIT Press

This chapter critiques the ways privacy is constructed as an individual choice or responsibility and instead draws attention to the ways privacy and identity are collective and networked via social media. Through an analysis of the ways Facebook’s algorithms and user interface have changed over the years, the chapter traces how young people’s expectations and privacy practices are often at odds with commercial platforms. Additionally it considers how corporate platforms conceive of privacy from a privileged perspective that overlook the risks marginalized young people, and specifically people of colour, face online. Young people employ creative strategies for maintaining degrees of visibility including deliberate disassociation from peers and managing different online identities for different purposes and control of privacy.

Keywords:   Facebook, Tumblr, Algorithms, Identity, networked privacy, visibility, race, class, peers, social privacy

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