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Title: 'Snapchat', youth subjectivities and sexuality: disappearing media and the discourse of youth innocence
Contributor(s): Charteris, Jennifer  (author)orcid ; Gregory, Sue  (author)orcid ; Masters, Yvonne  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018
Open Access: No
DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2016.1188198
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Abstract: Research on youth subjectivities and disappearing media is still in its infancy. Ephemeral technologies such as Snapchat, Frankly and Wickr offer young people opportunities for discursive agency, harnessing teenage discourses of social positioning. These media facilitate social mobility in teen peer contexts by providing a medium for dynamic and shifting relationships. The transmission of digital images can enable a social flexibility that has a significant impact on youth subjectivities where discursively constructed relational identities are brokered through cyber technologies. We tackle the question 'what discourses are evoked and produced in the discussion of disappearing social media?' by exploring two parents' accounts of their children's use of this media. We also examine a discourse of innocence that surrounds teens' use of social media and, in particular, ephemeral applications, by sexting and cyberbullying. We engage in the debate on the use of ephemeral social media to consider the discourses influencing youth subjectivities and the nature of networked publics.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Gender and Education, 30(2), p. 205-221
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1360-0516
Field of Research (FOR): 130101 Continuing and Community Education
130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930103 Learner Development
930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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