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YouTube as a Participatory Culture

New Directions for Youth Development Volume 128, ISSN 1533-8916


There is an explosion of youth subscriptions to original content-media-sharing Web sites such as YouTube. These Web sites combine media production and distribution with social networking features, making them an ideal place to create, connect, collaborate, and circulate. By encouraging youth to become media creators and social networkers, new media platforms such as YouTube offer a participatory culture in which youth can develop, interact, and learn. As youth development researchers, we must be cognizant of this context and critically examine what this platform offers that might be unique to (or redundant of) typical adolescent experiences in other developmental contexts. (Contains 1 figure and 15 notes.)


Chau, C. (2010). YouTube as a Participatory Culture. New Directions for Youth Development, 128, 65-74. Retrieved May 16, 2022 from .

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