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'Connect and create’: Young people, YouTube and graffiti communities

Griffiths, M, Light, B and Lincoln, S 2012, ''Connect and create’: Young people, YouTube and graffiti communities' , Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies . (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Dominant discourses around young people and social networking in the mass media are littered with negative connotations and moral panics. While some scholars challenge this negativity, their focus has predominantly been upon the formation of friendships, the construction of identity and the presentation of the self online. We argue that as well as engaging in such areas, young people are also appropriating social networking sites, such as YouTube, as spaces in which they can engage in what Jean Burgess terms, ‘Vernacular Creativity’ – a way of describing and surfacing creative practices that emerge from non-elite, specific everyday contexts. Using case study material we consider the processes of Vernacular Creativity as engaged with by young people in relation to doing graffiti with YouTube. Through this, and given that graffiti is a cultural practise traditionally associated with physical space, we also consider points of continuity and discontinuity in relation to Vernacular Creativity mediated with YouTube and the significance of such things in enabling young people to connect and create with like-minded others.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: YouTube, Young People, Graffiti, Social Networking, Vernacular Creativity, Web 2.0
    Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
    Journal or Publication Title: Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
    Publisher: Taylor and Frances
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1030-4312
    Depositing User: M Griffiths
    Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2011 12:27
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:18
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    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19070

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