Mediatized Childhoods: Discourses, Dilemmas and Directions

  • Kirsten Drotner


The discursive articulation of contemporary childhood takes many forms, and most of these have some connection to media and ICTs (information and communication technologies): children are variously called a zapper generation, a net generation (Tapscott, 1998, p. 3), a digital generation (Papert, 1996), cyberkids (Holloway and Valentine, 2003) and the thumb tribes (Rheingold, 2002). Both popular and more academic claims are often remarkably polarized into overly optimistic or pessimistic notions about the future of childhood: children are seen as harbingers of innovative competences and social interactions or they are regarded as potential victims of psychological and cultural demise. What these discourses indicate is that contemporary childhood is a mediatized childhood both in an empirical and a discursive sense.


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