Jenkins on children’s culture

I’ve always been impressed by the way Henry Jenkins makes connections between computer games and broader issues of children’s culture, I find this infinitely preferable to the psychological studies which treat children’s media use as a purely individual matter — (psychological studies of children and the “effects” of violence in the media etc tend to do this).
Jenkins points out that children’s culture, (by which he means “popular culture produced for, by, and/or about children”)is not something innocent and thus separate from politics, economics, morality etc. Yes, it is “kid’s stuff” but it’s also an ideological “battleground” where we play out our adult fantasies about the future.
Here’s an article from him about boy culture and computer games which I found particularly useful. This and the MySpace interview I linked to earlier both suggest that new social circumstances in fact allow more parental surveillance now, and that this is the cause of at least some of the current rash of parental anxieties and panics. (The site has lots of other links to his articles and chapters on this theme).

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