ERIC Number: EJ900728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 90
Shaping Youth Discourse about Technology: Technological Colonization, Manifest Destiny, and the Frontier Myth in Facebook's Public Pedagogy
Freishtat, Richard L.; Sandlin, Jennifer A.
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v46 n5 p503-523 2010
As youths spend more time engaged in social media and informal learning experiences online, they interact with the public pedagogy of technological spaces. The public pedagogy of technological spaces, specifically Facebook, functions to create a "habitus" for the way youths act and respond in digital discourses and digital culture. This article contends that Facebook's public pedagogy seeks to shape how young people view technology, and we examine the rhetorical strategies Facebook uses to both normalize and celebrate its vision of current cultural changes. We illustrate how through its discourse, specifically through a construction of a modern-day version of the frontier myth, Facebook seeks to craft users with particular dispositions who behave in particular ways online, and how it disciplines dissent on its site.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Web Sites, Information Technology, Informal Education, Popular Culture, Rhetoric, Postmodernism, Mass Media Effects, Mythology, Youth
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