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RTF 386C - Youth and Social Media


INSTRUCTOR: Criag Watkins

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DESCRIPTION: Nine out of ten American teenagers are online and more than 70% use social network sites as a daily routine.  From social gaming to social networking young people are leading the transition to the social and mobile media lifestyle.  In this class we explore the growing role and social consequences of social media in the lives of young people. Drawing from both critical studies perspectives and empirical-based examinations of specific communication technologies the course seeks to illuminate some of the theoretical, methodological, and critical analytical issues central in the study of teens and young adults social media behaviors.  Some of the issues we address include the shifting norms of privacy in the digital age; the building and maintenance of friendships and social ties; the negotiation of identity; cyberbullying; the appeal of mobile technologies in youth culture; gaming; addiction and distraction; peer-based modes of learning; and the role of race, gender, and class in the formation of the digital world. This course is for students who are interested in exploring the social aspects of social media.