By John Palfrey, Urs Gasser

The 1st new release of 'Digital Natives'; kids who have been born into and raised within the electronic international; are coming of age, and shortly our global could be reshaped of their snapshot. Our economic climate, our politics, our tradition, or even the form of our relatives lifestyles may be ceaselessly remodeled. yet who're those electronic Natives? and what's the realm they're growing going to appear like?

In 'Born Digital', best net and expertise specialists John Palfrey and Urs Gasser provide a sociological portrait of those youth, who can appear, even to these simply a new release older, either terribly refined and unusually slim. Exploring a vast variety of concerns, from the hugely philosophical to the only functional, 'Born Digital' may be crucial interpreting for folks, academics, and the myriad of stressed adults who are looking to comprehend the electronic current and form the electronic destiny.

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But they can also experiment with very different identities—for example, a female may choose a male avatar, and people of one race may choose an avatar with another skin tone; a participant may even design an avatar of nonhuman form, whether a realworld animal or a creature of fantasy. Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs), such as World of Warcraft, play a far greater role today in the lives of Digital Natives than virtual worlds do. 26 At a young age, part of the formation of identity now takes place through the mediation of such games.

In fact, something quite new is happening: The use of new technologies by Digital Natives—the most sophisticated of wired young people—is leading to changes in our understanding of identity. The changes are far greater for social than for personal identity. A sixteen-year-old has many more choices available to her when it comes to making minor modifications of her identity, compared with 0465005154-Palfrey:Layout 1 22 6/16/08 2:29 PM Page 22 BORN DIGITAL teenagers of previous generations. She can adjust aspects of an online identity on the fly, over the course of a day.

Photographs are no longer just tangible items to be mailed to friends and family—they are computer bytes easily spread across the Internet. These friends, too, upload the pictures to their own photo-sharing sites as part of the welcoming process. The scale of online photo-sharing is vast and growing quickly. Online social networks now host billions of photographs. 7 billion digital photographs as of 2008. Facebook, one of the world’s leading social networks, reports more than 3 billion photographs, less than four years into its existence.

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