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Conventional wisdom about young people's use of digital technology often equates
generational identity with technology identity: today's teens seem constantly plugged in to video
games, social networking sites, and text messaging. Yet there is little actual research that
investigates the intricate dynamics of youths' social and recreational use of digital media.
Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out fills this gap, reporting on an
ambitious three-year ethnographic investigation into how young people are living and learning with
new media in varied settings -- at home, in after-school programs, and in online spaces. Integrating
twenty-three case studies -- which include Harry Potter podcasting, video-game playing, music
sharing, and online romantic breakups -- in a unique collaborative authorship style,
Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out is distinctive for its combination of
in-depth description of specific group dynamics with conceptual analysis.