… But there’s one cliche in particular that annoys Danah Boyd: the “digital native”.
“There’s nothing native about young people‘s engagement with technology,” she says, adamantly.
The Microsoft researcher, who has made a career from studying the way younger people use the web, doesn’t think much of the widely held assumption that children are innately better at coping with the web or negotiating the hurdles of digital life. Instead, she suggests, they’re pretty much like everyone else.
“Young people are learning, they’re learning about the social world around them,” she says. “The social world around them today has mediated technologies, thus in order to learn about the social world they’re learning about the mediated technologies. And they’re leveraging that to work out the shit that kids have always worked out: peer sociality, status, their first crush.”
What other common, but incorrect, views do we hold about the internet?
How else does the technoutopian view miss the mark?
Important questions for anyone who cares about the longer term.