I finished the draft of chapter 2 last monday. It became longer than expected. And perhaps It will need to be shortened in order to keep a more balanced extension in the dissertation. Interestingly although I though it will be one of the easier chapters to write it was difficult and overwhelming. However, I think the result of it is good, and will provide insight to the field. I could create some articiles form it if I wanted to focus in the traits of latino families and see how they are changing with digitial media, and with the assimilation to the U.S. All these families are assimilating. Some faster than others, but all of them seem to have been breaking the stereotipical characterization of the latino/hispanic families. Familism and marianism is not very noticeable, familism is weak given the individualization of media practices, machism is weak and parents are not as autoritative, respeto persists but has weaken.
Looking forward to the third chapter, the one on the internet, I am curious to see how this chapter will complement the other ones. The one about home, and the one about after school. So far we have seen youth agency at home, at after school. NExt step will be at the internet. At the worlds of the internet. Here I will need to describe how they imagine the web, and the world they visit there. PErhaps the best way to do that is by focusing in specific interactions they have online, with particular websites. All of them for instance use facebook. Inara is one of the heavy users of it. Miguel also. SErgio as well. There are interactions with specific websites among some of them. For instance, Gabriela uses Tumblr and Flickr. Antonio seems to drift among several websites without feeling aprt of aany community really. Sergio as well. It gets the content but does not participate that much.
So focusing in specific websites, as if they were worlds coudl be one way. Other way is to focus on the internet as a world itself. Although given the diversity of online spaces that argument could be week. Each website should have its own discourses, rules, tools. That is why maybe focusing in each site could be more productive for the analysis. Maybe the sites are : facebook, wikipedia, flickr and tumblr, 9gag, and youtube.
What skills? of course transmedia, and distributed cognition. And maybe a third one will be judgement. It will be interesing to see if some of them does collective intelligence.
How does the searchability affordance plays here?
How do these skills help them to assimilate? allow them to keep their peers? to read in english, to write in english.
Also, how about the other practices and tools such as email? chat? downloading?