June 10, 2011

You’re buying video games for yourself

by Chris Abraham

Well, my preconceptions were wrong. Gamers are not snot-nosed teens, they are their parents. I am spot in the middle of the true gamer demographic at 41, according to CNet, A child’s hobby? Average gamer is 37 years old. According to the organization, which represents the game industry, the average gamer today is 37 years old. Moreover, the average game … Continue reading

August 26, 2009

Aren’t we all a little narcissistic and Internet addicted?

by David Spark

New study doesn’t distinguish between flaws and healthy behavior I‘ve long believed that the Internet exists solely because of our ego. Everything we do publicly online is an effort to be acknowledged. This week, two stories pointed out the frighteningly obvious: That students who use social networks are narcissistic and that a center for Internet addiction has opened up in … Continue reading

March 27, 2009

Unigo: Student-powered college advice

by JD Lasica

At South By Southwest Interactive in Austin Texas, two weeks ago — inside the bloggers lounge — I ran into Julia Kaganskiy, the social media and community manager for Unigo.com. If you haven’t heard of Unigo, you will. It’s a crowdsourced college guide that offers honest appraisals of life at hundreds of U.S. colleges, including the ability to find out … Continue reading

March 13, 2009

Mashup culture and social media

by JD Lasica

Just left the final session of Remix/Mashup 2009: The Future of Creative Production and Ownership at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, which explored the implications of mashup and remix in the world of Web 2.0. They reached out to me last fall and I couldn’t resist flying out — this was the first conference I’ve come across devoted to … Continue reading

January 20, 2009

Middle schoolers as citizen reporters

by JD Lasica

Just watched the Inauguration and inaugural address. I’ll let the blogosphere’s version of the punditocracy dissect it (I’ve confined my remarks to Twitter.) Meantime, back in the social media/citizen media space: Taking the media into your own hands has filtered down to the middle school level. I bumped into the reporting team from the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press … Continue reading

Category: Citizen media, Youth culture
November 13, 2008

Voices: Community stories in Tucson

by JD Lasica

Speaking of Woices, here’s a snippet from the latest NAMAC newsletter about Voices: VOICES offers young people in Tucson [Arizona] a safe space, positive relationships, and the skills training to document real-life stories. Youth who are creative, resilient, educated, and active citizens are youth who benefit themselves, their families, and our community now and in the future. Through our print … Continue reading

Category: Digital storytelling, Youth culture