Home Media Environment

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Home and family are important context for understanding Latino/Hispanic youth new media practices and their process of assimilation. It is a crucial context especially because immigrant families and homes are at the center of the assimilation process. Youth spend lots of time inside the home, engaging with new media. These homes and families have also embraced the use of new media, have created media environments inside the home, have made it part of their home and their family life according to the resources they have and their interests.

  • it is an important structuring context for new media engagement.
  • home and family environment reflects values, morals, aspirations, assimilation strategies of the families, as well as parenting styles.
  • family dynamics structure uses of new media: restrictions, regulations, aspirations. Who defines that depends on familial relationships. Power status. As well as assimilation strategies.
  • domestic ecology
  • rule making and rule negotiation.
  • the temporal, spatial and social relations in the family live, parents and children everyday lifes.
  • material artefacts (technology/media devices), social activities (practices) and institutional arrangements (rules) : create the context of the home.

Sonia Livingstone, Young People and New Media

  • Domestic media have become part of the infrastructure of family life (67)
  • Penetration of media throughout the home as establishing a certain set of expectations, practices, and uses, and hindering others. (68)
  • Supports daily tasks or practices. Part of the everyday life inside the home.
  • Shifts in domestic, educational, and work-related infrastructure.
  • Status of infrastructure is when is invisible in supporting daily tasks or practices. It becomes fully domesticated. Metaphor of transparency is useful to know when a technology becomes part of the domestic infrastructure.
  • Media at home as part of the structure of the home, part of the domestic infrastructure. (74)

Domestic Television Set

It is embedded in the sociality of daily life, invisible supporting a variety of daily activities, including homework, family time, meal time and bedtime, and with a scope which extends to tan increasing variety of daily practices. Familiarity with television content and habits is indeed expected (...) (68)

Status as a consumer durable and as source of mediated content: embodies standards and expectations related to what it means to be youth, children : knowledge of culture, construction of social identities, fandom, world views, future ambitions.

Habits of use have foundations in previous media such as radio, film, the press.

Computer and Internet

  • presence is highly salient. Not fully domesticated.
  • it has not yet become embedded in the social structures of family life. (69)
  • the signs are already there that the computer will become part of the domestic infrastructure, changing the home in the process. (69)
  • process of learning to use computer is a significant difficult part of domestic life.