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Childhood re-edits: challenging norms and forming lay professional competence on YouTube
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Culture, Society and Media Production - KSM. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6711-3964
Child- and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0499-1345
2015 (English)In: Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, ISSN 2000-4214, E-ISSN 2000-4214, Vol. 7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents the initial findings of research into how YouTube culture can become an arena for young YouTube videographers to remodel mainstream, sub-cultural, and media content (YouTube clips, music, film content, and viral memes). We juxtapose analyses from both media and child studies to look at the ways in which preferred images and notions of the “good” and idyllic childhood are re-edited into a possible critique of the prescribed Swedish childhood. Also, we look at ways in which these media-literate actors use YouTube to display their skills in both media editing and social media “savvy.” We discuss how “lay” professional competence in digital culture can be inherent in a friction between popular (children’s) culture and social media production, where simultaneous prowess in both is important for how a mediatised social and cultural critique can emerge.

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Järfälla, Sweden: Co-Action publishing , 2015. Vol. 7
Keyword [en]
child studies; media and communication studies; visuality; childhood innocence; children’s culture; participatory culture
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Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124344DOI: 10.3402/jac.v7.28953OAI: diva2:921980
Available from: 2016-04-21 Created: 2016-01-26 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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