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Youth Culture and Digital Media: New Literacies for New Times

Research in the Teaching of English Volume 38, Number 2, ISSN 0034-527X


In this article, the author discusses the "Digital Underground Storytelling for Youth" (DUSTY), a collection of after-school, evening, and summer programs that is a university-community collaborative aimed at closing the "digital divide." At DUSTY the goal is to position participants to tell stories about self and community, and to use those moments of narrative reconstruction to reflect on past events, present activities, and future goals. Further, participants learn to construct stories that position them as agents, as young people and adults able to articulate and act upon their own desires and as local and global community members able to alter their worlds. As a community center dedicated to providing access to new technologies and to promoting particular social practices around them, DUSTY is not an isolated phenomenon. In neighborhood centers, youth organizations, community theaters, and faith-based institutions around the country and across the world, youth are similarly envisioning, creating, rehearsing, performing, and revisioning, using language, media, their voices and bodies to represent themselves, their families and friends, their communities, their ideas, their takes on the world. And they are doing so by juxtaposing and joining a variety of semiotic systems and technologies, reinventing and invigorating what it means to communicate. (Contains 2 notes.)


Hull, G.A. (2003). Youth Culture and Digital Media: New Literacies for New Times. Research in the Teaching of English, 38(2), 229-233. Retrieved March 31, 2020 from .

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