Review of Kids on YouTube: Technical identities and digital literacies.

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Reviews the book, Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies by Patricia Lange (2014). Lange's book is a reasoned, balanced, sober analysis of YouTube as a peer-to-peer learning platform. It would be just as at home on a graduate school of education syllabus as on a digital anthropology one. Education theorists will appreciate Lange's thoughtful consideration of what it means to be "self-taught" in an era when such a vast array of learning resources are available to us online. Lange's decision to focus on YouTube as a site of learning, rather than, say, of commerce, social surveillance, or brand identity maintenance, may also irk some anthropologists invested in diagnosing the cultural ills of neoliberalism. In short, this book is a competent, well researched, and welcome contribution to the study of digital culture. It will be of real interest to scholars and students of both new media studies and education. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • *Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • *Education
  • *Social Media
  • *Technology
  • Literacy
  • Social Identity

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