Temporary nature of immigrant journeys. Moving, displacing. Entering and exiting worlds without setting in. But with great capacity for imagining themselves in new worlds, of assuming identities. Of assimilating.
Assimilating fast to the digital world but to a segment that is in the bottom, to the consumer segment.
The tools that immigrant use for navigating their journey, their voyage, their assimilation trajectories.
Tools at home, at afterschool, and at the Internet. Differetn worlds with tools for imagining, for doing activities, for engaging in media practices and developing skills.
Think about the initial conditions from where hispanic/latino youth start their assimilation. The home gives us clues about those initial conditions. The family position. Also gives us clues about the longer journey, longer trajectory that the immigrants are having, their strategies. Chapter 2, can be organized around the different kinds of acculturation of the families and how that is related to strategies of assimilation, parental-children relationships, and media practices. Communal media practices, individual media practices, computer use, mobile phones. Describe the trajectory of assimilation of the whole family. How youth becomes the leading user of digital media, and how that could help in the assimilation process, or not. Little use of technology in terms of civics, politics, economic participation. Lots of use in terms of culture, education, consumerism. Computer is associated with school, with education, with learning.
Why do their parents buy them tools, digital devices, internet connections, mobile phones? What are their reasons? How do they position youth inside the house? as learners?
What kind of values are developed inside the house? how are they related to media consumption? uses?
Geography. Location of the homes in the north of the city, in the fringe of the city. Close to the suburbs. This families have moved to the suburb in search of better opportunities, better high schools. These neighborhoods are considered to be safer than other zones such as Dove Springs that has become a hispanic/latino enclave in the south of the city.
Sense of place is not really felt by these families. Youth does not even know the names of their neighborhoods, the do no go to parks. They are somehow isolated, as the school itself from the rest of the city.
Need some data about austin, its neighborhoods, the latino population.
In the chapter about home, it is necessary to talk as well as how they identify themselves. Talk in this chapter about ethnic idenity, origins. The journey of the immigrants. The different locations in Mexico where they come from, what the bring. And if they have moved in the the U.S. as well.
Talk about their relationships with Mexico. Transnationals or not.
Talk about how youth self identify, if so, as latino, hispanic, mexican american, etc. This should not be a whole section in the chapter, but it needs to be addressed. Perhaps when the parents origin are introduced. Or when talking about the family strategies. Or when talking about relationships and dynamics. How do youth see connected to their parents.
How does assimilation works in multiple directions? how does networked technology allows to this kind of multipathway? or this kind of entropy? or this kind of disorientation?
Immigrant youth with technology, experiencing crossing new worlds, also experiencing disorientation.
Social mobility, compared to their parents, but struggling to make their dreams as creatives. Constraints of class, socioeconomic status limiting their opportunities.
Bridging to other minorities is minimal. They are also not even bridging to other latinos online, beyond their use of facebook. However, girls are listening to latino/hispanic music. Boys do not. There is a gendeer bias in the embracing of the latino/hispanic identity.
topic of randomness emerges well in some internet practices. especially SErgio give scoherent explanation of how it works. Antonio also mentions part of it.
Drifting online, finding weird things, pleasure on interacting with the web in this way, like a sort of entertainment, not really a focused search, very little judgmental skills, information drifters, navigate without settling, very temporary interaction with the web, and mostly as readers/consumers/players, not that much explorartion of the potential.
The topic of randomness emerged again in the information seeking interview. Youtube basic searching capabilities and suggestion algorithm illustrated very well how amusing and weird the Internet could be for Alfredo. He said,
“I search a political video, and two hours later I’m watching a panda sneezing gas.”
According to him, this is called the “Youtube Complexion.” He explained to me that a user searches up something very serious on Youtube and hours later, as you click through links that are suggested by the platform, the user arrives to videos of random things such as animals doing funny things. Although he doesn’t know how this happens he knows people calls it the “Youtube complexion.” He said,
“You always go off-topic when you are in Youtube, you can’t stay on the same topic.”
Self identification as latino or mexican or ethnic, could be included in chapter 2, when those self identification involve the narration of domestic life.
Domestic life, as a figured world for these youth, is interesting because it is a sort of split world between individualized and familial communal practices. The space of the house is very important especially the bedroom and the public areas of living room and kitchen.
The world is both narrated by parents and by youth. Different positions of power in the home, however, youth are powerful and drive technology use. They are mostly independent in that realm.
The home is busy.
Familismo could be addressed as one of the parental strategies to do activities together, stay together, take care of each other, especially in the domestic realm. Not that much in the school.
Also, there is a potential to address the power of the mutlicultural hybrid and bicultural environment of the households. There is not that much conflict. Although there are many generational gaps and cultural gaps within.
U.S. society is not a uniform coherent system. It is segmented, diverse, becomeing more and more multiracial, multicultural. Complicates our understanding of assimilation. Assimilation to what? Even the model of segmented assimilation can become complicated when we look at the process in places without ethnic enclave, more diversity, and especially in a networked media environment and hyper media domestic environments. Digital technology is also altering the process of assimilation and speeding up certain dimension of the assimilation process.
Some ideas for the conclusions and introduction:
This study develops a deeper understanding of how Latino/Hispanic youth are using their new media (e.g game consoles, smartphones and computers) across three different context. Findings can help advocates like schools, paretns, and community organizations develop meaningful programs for the communities they reach.
Anoher idea that I would like to develop in the chapter on the Internet is about randomness and the sensation of drifting thorugh the internet without arriving to any port, without statying in a pulbic and participating, without finding a meaningful forum.