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Literacy and Identity Through Streaming Media
Kids, Teens, and Representation on Netflix

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ISBN 9781032009766
May 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
152 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this book, Damiana Gibbons Pyles guides readers through the fast-changing landscape of digital streaming services such as Netflix and explores their impact on children’s and teens’ identities. Children interact with streaming media in novel, hidden, and unforeseen ways that shape their digital, material, affective, embodied worlds. By analyzing how Netflix represents gender, race, and ethnicities, Gibbons Pyles explores how this new media phenomenon portrays and influences young people’s development and sense of self, and how streaming media pushes children and teens to particular ways of being in its interfaces, algorithms, and content. Drawing primarily on Bakhtinian, feminist, and female Black scholarship, her incisive analysis reveals how the new media streaming phenomenon molds children’s understandings their ways of being in the world. Ideal for scholars and graduate students in literacy education, media studies, and communication, the text is an illuminating view into the hidden role of streaming services as an essential, complex component of literacy scholarship.

Table of Contents

1. Children Go Streaming  2. Streaming Media, Streaming Time: How Netflix’s Children’s Programming Changes How Time Works  3. Visible Interface, Invisible Algorithms: Children Enter Into Netflix’s Algorithmic Space  4. Interactive Dialogic Play: Interactive Streaming Media on Netflix  5. Girls are Snapping: Feminism in Netflix’s Youth Programming  6. What is Blackness?: Netflix’s Representation of African American Youth  7. The Benefits and Necessary Evils of Netflix Kids and The Streaming Media Child

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Damiana Gibbons Pyles is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University, USA.