Carlsson, Ulla (Ed.). Children and Youth in the Digital Media Culture: From a Nordic Horizon

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Carlsson, Ulla (Ed.). Children and Youth in the Digital Media Culture: From a Nordic Horizon


Carlsson, Ulla (Ed.). Children and Youth in the Digital Media Culture: From a Nordic Horizon. Goteborg, Sweden: NORDICOM, 2010. Pp. 251. ISBN 978-9186523-04-6 (paper) SEK200; 20 [euro]; $25.00.

In a departure from its usual global perspective, NORDICOM presents this 2010 yearbook of current research on youth and media with a focus just on the Nordic countries. The book builds on the occasion of the 2010 World Summit on Media for Children and youth, which took place in Sweden. Recognizing that researchers from around the world would attend, the editors decided to draw together detailed information from "the research communities of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden" (p. 8).

After a general introduction to both global and Nordic perspectives on the topic, the book presents research on the two main themes of NORDICOM: media literacy and youth culture (as it connects with digital culture). In the first section, researchers note how media literacy has changed over the years, taking place as much outside of school as within it. Tapio Varis offers a perspective on how researchers have come to understand media literacy, "summarized in four areas of ability: access, analysis, evaluation, and creative production. All of these skills boost aspects of personal development: consciousness, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities" (p. 78). According to Ola Erstad new digital competencies offer possibilities to move from "naive participation" to civic engagement. Sirkku Kotilainen then demonstrates how this new digital culture will require new skills; the media literacy community must adapt to the new reality. …

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