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Born digital : understanding the first generation of digital natives /
John Palfrey and Urs Gasser.
New York : Basic Books, c2008.
vii, 375 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0465005152, 9780465005154
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New York : Basic Books, c2008.
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Identities -- Dossiers -- Privacy -- Safety -- Creators -- Pirates -- Quality -- Overload -- Aggressors -- Innovators -- Learners -- Activists -- Synthesis.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-363) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-08-01:
Palfrey (Harvard) and Gasser (Univ. of St. Gallen) offer an intriguing perspective on how young adults born after 1980 have been raised in a totally cybernetic age and think differently from their predecessors, who stand in both the pre- and postdigital worlds. The coauthors, both professors of law, demonstrate a commanding grasp of the knowledge base for understanding the changes coming along with the "cybernation" with its near universal Internet availability, omnipresent cell phoning, and digitization of all facets of everyday life. They caution against the dangers of this digital age in which a computer-created identity, made in a whimsical moment, can yield a lasting adverse impact on a person's later life. The authors articulately present many of the dangers linked with this digital age: invasions of personal privacy, online criminals and predators, intellectual piracy, and issues of information quality and overload. Provocative as their initial thesis is, the authors' reliance on focus group and informal interview data from a small number of young people and their intellectual gatekeepers fails to adequately explore their claims of differences between generational cohorts. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. W. Feigelman Nassau Community College
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-08-01:
Palfrey (law & executive director, Berkmam Ctr. for Internet & Society, Harvard Law Sch.) and Gasser (law & director, Research Ctr. for Information Law, Univ. of Saint Gallen) offer a concerned evaluation of the challenges facing the generation known as digital natives who have grown up immersed in the use of and dependence upon information technology. This book is significant in its prompting of readers to consider that these young men and women are charting new territory and facing challenges that are distinctly unique to their era. This book is a wake-up call and a how-to guide for being a parent or teacher in an era that defies easy understanding. The authors propose circuitous partnerships of digital natives with parents, teachers, mentors, trusted social utilities, and law enforcement that serve as a means to produce a shift in understanding of digital-era challenges, e.g., the potential daily threats it poses to our privacy, safety, identity, and innovation. Ultimately, the book is an accessible survey of many of these as-yet-unsolved Internet dilemmas of our time and is well executed given the immense task of synthesizing the vast corpus of social science concerns relating to the Internet. Recommended especially for public libraries.--Jim Hahn, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Library Journal, August 2008
Booklist, September 2008
PW Annex Reviews, October 2008
Choice, August 2009
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Identitiesp. 17
Dossiersp. 39
Privacyp. 53
Safetyp. 83
Creatorsp. 111
Piratesp. 131
Qualityp. 155
Overloadp. 185
Aggressorsp. 209
Innovatorsp. 223
Learnersp. 237
Activistsp. 255
Synthesisp. 273
Acknowledgmentsp. 291
Notesp. 295
Glossaryp. 345
Selected Bibliographyp. 353
Indexp. 365
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