According to Selwyn, in a study by Scheidt (2006), “over half of adolescent blogs are purely exercises in self-presentation, with only a quarter of young bloggers producing materials that could be classified as being more citizenship-oriented, “evaluating values, beliefs, meanings, and identities […]”. Selwyn also mentions that research points to a tendency for “young people’s informal use of new media to reinforce rather than transform existing citizenship behaviours and attitudes.”
The information above doesn’t come as a surprise to me. I have worked with (affluent, well educated) adolescents long enough to be familiar with their modes of expression, and more recently, their blogs. My question is how can we make this change?