Reframing the Relations of Media, Knowledge, and Innovation in Society
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The Internet and Creativity: Children as Prosumersof Online Cultural Content
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The Internet and Creativity: Children as Prosumers of Online Cultural Content
NUNO DE ALMEIDA ALVES, ANA DELICADO, ANA NUNES DE ALMEIDA, AND DIANA CARVALHO
Access to, and use of, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has become widespread in the last 20 years, in conjunction with increasing diversification of businesses and institutions, products and services, through the World Wide Web. The Internet rapidly became an always-on, easy-to-use tool for activities of everyday life, from work to education, from communication to entertainment. Thus, it is not surprising that computers and the Internet have become fundamental means for production and consumption of culture in contemporary societies. Children are no exception to this trend.
The Internet currently plays a key part in the cultural practices of children. It has replaced TV as the main purveyor of mass culture to younger generations, with the added feature of allowing not just cultural consumption but also cultural production.
This chapter will look specifically at children’s use of the Internet as an instrument of both cultural consumption and cultural production. We focus on online activities and preferred websites in our attempt to understand the cultural practices of children. Online social networks and weblogs, as well as games, are some of the services that play a particular role here, and children and young people are among their most intensive users. These multidimensional tools bring together different assets from other pre-existing services: they can be used,...
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