August, 5, 2013

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A way to understand the limited and precarious (marginal, poor, disadvantage) online participation of hispanic/latino youth from working class families and lower middle class (in a texan suburb) could be the concept of networked individualism. As a matter of fact they seem to be very individualistic. That value of consumer american culture tends to clash with the familism of the latino/hispanic culture. They are not religious as their parents and want to have jobs that are not working class jobs. They also seem totally disconnected from local community and not civic engaged.

The marginal, edgy, precarious online participation of this youth needs to be perhaps compared with the one described by other scholars such as Jenkins, Shirky, Benkler, and Gauntlet. There is in fact a more active online participation that is happening. There is also an awareness of the possibility to participate but a reluctance to do it. There are several reasons that this youth can argue such as : fears on loosing control of their creations, criticism, bullying, lack of quality of the platforms. How do we understand this reasons giving by them with their actual poor social and cultural capital in the real world?

Furthermore, how do we understand the use of this platforms from a more passive perspective. Passive but interactive. Entertainment value is huge because they can interact with searches, browse, click, and watch and listen without any need to comment, like or publish. The issue of music consumption needs to be addressed. Youtube as a jukebox is a very important example of this use of platforms and peripheral participation.