" Patricia G. Lange’s Kids on YouTube
raises important issues about the ways that our current participatory media practices intersect contemporary family life and help to shape the ways that young people form their sense of themselves and the world around them. Through vividly drawn accounts of the roles which media-making and sharing plays in the lives of particular families, Lange convincingly demonstrates why these activities matter in terms of fostering new literacies, enabling new social relationships, and sustaining new forms of civic engagement. "
- Henry Jenkins, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; author of Convergence Culture and Spreadable Media (with Sam Ford and Joshua Green)
" YouTube has redefined 'learning in public' for its users. Youthful participants create videos, form communities of practice, and display their ever-morphing identities. Patricia Lange’s exciting new book digs deeply into the practices, productions, and postings of kids online, redefining what it means to be digitally literate. If you want to understand how kids create, and then live with, a dazzling array of videos, Kids on YouTube
will take you beyond the stereotypes, into the realities of mediated personhood. "
- Jan English-Lueck, San Jose State University, author of Cultures@SiliconValley
"For years I have been recommending Lange's work to those interested in the anthropology of YouTube. Throughout her research she has bravely presented her preliminary findings about YouTube on YouTube itself, immersing herself in the medium and community. Now we are invited to see the final results; a careful analysis of kids on YouTube that avoids and often upends conventional myths about youth in the digital world."
- Michael Wesch, Kansas State University