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Title: The Facebook Family: Information and Communication Technology Redrafting the Rules of Participation in Family Life
Contributor(s): Simpson, Brian H  (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: This chapter is concerned with the manner in which new forms of information and communication technology affect the regulation of family life. In particular it is concerned with the rise of the use of social networking sites as a means of communication and interaction. It will refer in particular to Facebook as an example of one of these social networks. While Facebook is but one of such sites it is probably one of the most popular, with over 177 million users around the World in 2009, although in April 2009 the founder of Facebook claimed 200 million users (Zuckerberg, 2009). In many ways, Facebook has come to symbolise social networking sites, although other popular social networking sites such as MySpace, Bebo and Twitter also claim substantial numbers of users. However, this chapter is not concerned with the current popularity of particular social networking sites or the extent to which they are subscribed to by those online. Rather, it has as its focus the context within which online social networking operates. A central argument is that there has been a pre-occupation on the part of regulatory authorities, politicians, parents and the media with the safety of children who use social networking sites and less focus on how the regulation of this activity affects family life in a broader sense. In part this has also come about because online interaction with others has led to the 'externalisation' of inner thoughts... In this context, it is far easier to accept that the issue for children online is the protection of them from harm from others, than to engage with the manner in which online interactions may actually be reconstructing what it means to be a child.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Cultures of Participation: Media Practices, Politics and Literacy, p. 181-194
Publisher: Peter Lang
Place of Publication: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
ISBN: 9783631596746
Field of Research (FOR): 100502 Broadband and Modem Technology
180119 Law and Society
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Participation in Broadband Society
Series Number : 4
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