Internet chatrooms: E-space for youth of the risk society

Kapitzke C. (2005). Internet chatrooms: E-space for youth of the risk society. In Handbook of Research on Literacy in Technology at the K-12 Level (pp. 158-175) : IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-59140-494-1.ch009

Author Kapitzke C.
Title of chapter Internet chatrooms: E-space for youth of the risk society
Title of book Handbook of Research on Literacy in Technology at the K-12 Level
Publisher IGI Global
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.4018/978-1-59140-494-1.ch009
ISBN 9781591404941
Start page 158
End page 175
Total pages 18
Subjects 3300 Social Sciences
Abstract/Summary This chapter uses Ulrich Beck's (1992) concept of Risk Society to contextualize the current 'youth problem' and the emergence of the techno-genre, Internet relay chat (IRC), in advanced capitalist societies. It argues that unsympathetic social policies combined with increased levels of surveillance in physical environments have contributed to the uptake of virtual space and online chatrooms as a means of social contact and engagement for youth. To the uninitiated, 'chat' is an ungovernable space of indecipherable codes, virtual skulking, and suspect subcultures. The chapter begins with a description of the rhetorical conventions of chat and a review of extant literature on it. It examines adult responses to teen chat through investigation of their representation in newspapers and compares this with text from 100 chatrooms. The purpose of this was to investigate whether adult prohibitions about chat are justified. Data showed that chat is a discursive space with highly regulated protocols and social mores, and that its delegitimation can be construed as an exercise in social control and governance over the textualities and sexualities of youth. For both progressives and traditionalists the youth problem described and symbolized a period of acute transformation...In the highly dramatic perceptions of a dramatic era, youth was either damned or beautiful. (Fass, 1977, p. 16) Youth is a material problem; it is a body...that has to be properly inserted into the dominant organization of spaces and places, into the dominant systems of economic and social relationships. (Grossberg, 1994, p. 34).
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