Broadband Society and Generational Changes by Fausto Colombo, Leopoldina Fortunati

By Fausto Colombo, Leopoldina Fortunati

The position generations play in accepting and shaping electronic applied sciences, and probably vice versa, is an more and more suitable factor in modern society. For the 1st time within the educational debate, this quantity outlines the theoretical concerns and explores a few effects from empirical researches at the dating among generations and the media in electronic society. the 1st a part of the e-book bargains with the theoretical debate on generations, from Mannheim’s to the revisiting of a few classical notions formed through disciplines as historical past, demography, advertising and sociology. the second one half gathers a range of researches at foreign point, with specific recognition to the eu context. although every one learn used particular methodologies, the most ways fascinated with media domestication by means of old and young generations, and at the comparative analyses of other generations in adopting media.

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1992. Consuming Technologies: Media and Information in Domestic Spaces. London: Routledge. , 2007. Media and Morality. On the Rise of the Mediapolis. Cambridge: Polity Press. , 1997. The Fourth Turning. An American Prophecy. New York: Broadway Books. , 1998. Growing Up Digital. The Rise of the Net Generation, New York, McGraw Hill. , Gilligan, R. , 2005. Cultural Factors Shaping the Experience of ICTs: An Exploratory Review, COST. 35 Michael Corsten Media as the “Historical New” for Young Generations 1 Introduction: from Political Viewpoints to Media Systems of Articulation The ‘Problem of Generations’ is not recent1.

In 2008 I published a book called Boom. Storia di quelli che non hanno fatto il ‘68 (Colombo 2008) which was the result of a series of interviews of my peers (they in fact belong to that generation). The interviews often took the form of real narrations, and I was surprised to notice that even the narrative styles of the various subjects had common points. To present the book, I gave public readings, accompanied by a musician friend and an actor friend. The first performed songs and typical musical themes of our adolescence and youth.

People born between 1930 and 1940 in modern Western societies. The sense of the status concept lies in its potential to characterise a structure of opportunities. Two dimensions of opportunities are highlighted by Mannheim: firstly, people born in the same period experience events occurring in the same historical period as well as in the same biographical phase. For example, people who were born in Europe in 1940 experienced the end of the Second World War during early childhood, whereas people who were born around 1930 experienced it during their adolescence.

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