Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility

From The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning

Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility

Edited by Miriam J. Metzger and Andrew J. Flanagin

The difficulties in determining the quality of information on the Internet—in particular, the implications of wide access and questionable credibility for youth and learning.

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The difficulties in determining the quality of information on the Internet—in particular, the implications of wide access and questionable credibility for youth and learning.

Today we have access to an almost inconceivably vast amount of information, from sources that are increasingly portable, accessible, and interactive. The Internet and the explosion of digital media content have made more information available from more sources to more people than at any other time in human history. This brings an infinite number of opportunities for learning, social connection, and entertainment. But at the same time, the origin of information, its quality, and its veracity are often difficult to assess. This volume addresses the issue of credibility—the objective and subjective components that make information believable—in the contemporary media environment. The contributors look particularly at youth audiences and experiences, considering the implications of wide access and the questionable credibility of information for youth and learning. They discuss such topics as the credibility of health information online, how to teach credibility assessment, and public policy solutions. Much research has been done on credibility and new media, but little of it focuses on users younger than college students. Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility fills this gap in the literature.

Contributors Matthew S. Eastin, Gunther Eysenbach, Brian Hilligoss, Frances Jacobson Harris, R. David Lankes, Soo Young Rieh, S. Shyam Sundar, Fred W. Weingarten

Hardcover

$7.75 S ISBN: 9780262062732 212 pp. | 7 in x 10 in 4 illustrations

Paperback

$4.75 S ISBN: 9780262562324 212 pp. | 7 in x 10 in 4 illustrations

Editors

Miriam J. Metzger

Miriam J. Metzger is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and coeditor of Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility (MIT Press, 2008), one of the inaugural volumes in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning.

Andrew J. Flanagin

Andrew J. Flanagin is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and coeditor of Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility (MIT Press, 2008), one of the inaugural volumes in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning.

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  • For a student of perception, there are few things that are more enjoyable than reading an inspiring text on the problems that occupy one's mind almost constantly. Inspiring moments come hard and fast during the reading of this book.

    Arni Kristjansson Perception