Arts Learning in the Digital Age
Introduction: The Resounding Voice of Youth in A Digital Age
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THE RESOUNDING VOICE OF YOUTH IN A DIGITAL AGE
The emergence of digital media in the past decade has enabled what is widely seen as a democratization of knowledge, a movement in which collective intelligence and quick access to information may supplement or even surpass the role of formal education. The ability to merge self-expression and mass communication has given youths who have grown up during this era of transformative technology new ways to create, learn and share— often without the assistance or direction of adults. Perhaps no area has been as influenced by these changes as the arts. With the appeal of music, visual and interactive media to youth culture, the arts have opened new paths to civic participation, learning, and entrepreneurship. Some examples:
“A Place to Express Yourself”
In 2004, 14-year-old Ashley Qualls took her interest in graphic design to the Internet to create Whateverlife.com, a source for MySpace graphics and Web design tutorials. She described the site as “a place to express yourself.” In addition to layouts and other free graphics, Whateverlife.com now features a magazine with teen-authored articles and reviews. According to Google Analytics figures, Whateverlife attracts more than 7 million individuals and 60 million page views a month (Salter, 2007).
A Rookie’s Industry Clout
Fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson surprised her parents when she asked their permission to appear in a New York Times Magazine story about the “Style ← 1 | 2...
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