Reading Response #4- Youth & Media

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Spencer Sher 6342841 October 22 nd , 2012 Krista Riley Youth and Media Reading Response #4 Consumer Citizens Online: Structure, Agency, and Gender in Online Participation Author: Rebekah Willett The section of this weeks article that I wish to discuss is Young People as Consumers . Willett states that, “With an increase in private and individual media consumption, there is a need to look closely at how spaces of consumption are structured” (Willett, 54). I agree with Willett's stance here. Young people are being given increasingly larger amounts of time when it is ok for them to be alone with their media devices. This is where the debate between the agency of young people and the structures of the media spaces comes into play. On the one hand you can say that if a young person is responsible enough to interact with different forms of media then they should be responsible enough to know the difference between fun media and dangerous media. Yet is this really something that a child or young adult should have to be looking out for at that age? Shouldn’t it be universally understood that you
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