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Canaries in the Data Mine

Understanding the Proprietary Design of Youth Environments

Authors: Donovan, Gregory T.

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  • Examines how the geography in which youth now develop is increasingly networked, data-generating, and proprietary
  • Offers readers an interdisciplinary and critical understanding of the ways young people’s techno-social development links up with broader socioeconomic restructuring and how this reciprocity situates them as sensors capable of alerting society when it is mining in toxic environments
  • Considers commercial social media as both commodities that are consumed over time and across space, as well as productive spaces that facilitate modes of commodification with and on their so-called users
  • Reveals how involving young people in designing their digital surroundings fosters critical capacities for reworking and resisting the conditions of a rising “rentier society”
  • Will broadly appeal to scholarly audiences of faculty and students (both graduate and undergraduate) from fields spanning human geography, youth studies, communication and media studies, sociology, qualitative research, and critical design studies
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Canaries in the Data Mine offers an account of the lived experiences and cultural expectations of young people growing up in digital environments increasingly owned by others and designed for profit. At the book’s core is a participatory research project that first interviewed New York City teens about their digital habits and then engaged a group of five young people in designing the prototypical platform of their time: a social network. In this engaging book, Gregory T. Donovan penetrates beyond the interface to consider the digital geography of contemporary youth, arguing that understanding what young people are grappling with portends what is, or will soon be, felt by society at large. Drawing from in-depth interviews and design workshops, he shows how informational capitalism is reproduced at an intimate scale as well as how involving young people in digital design can foster capacities for reworking and resisting the conditions of a rising rentier society.

About the authors

Gregory T. Donovan is Assistant Professor of New Media in the Department of Communication and Media Studies as well as affiliate faculty of the Urban Law Center and the New Media and Digital Design Program at Fordham University.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 58,84 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-15-7289-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 72,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Canaries in the Data Mine
Book Subtitle
Understanding the Proprietary Design of Youth Environments
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-7289-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-7289-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-7288-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 233
Number of Illustrations
14 illustrations in colour
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