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It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

by danah boyd

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"In explaining the networked realm of teens, boyd has the insights of a sociologist, the eye of a reporter, and the savvy of a technologist. For parents puzzled about what their kids are doing online, this is an indispensable book."
-- Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute, author of Steve Jobs

"boyd has done her homework and listened well. She is a high-tech medium translating the language and meaning of teenagers and social networking."
-- Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and In the Body of the World

"boyd is one of the smartest people thinking about how teenagers use the Internet. Her book is smart, sophisticated, and imbued throughout with a rare and wonderful sensitivity to the real, lived experiences of teenagers. Read it to understand what they're doing online, and why -- you'll come away enlightened!"
-- Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

"Painstakingly researched through interviews and close study for more than a decade, boyd's book is the most important analysis of networked culture I've yet to read."
-- Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"If you want to understand the digital worlds inhabited by today's young people, this is the book to read."
-- Howard Gardner, coauthor of The App Generation

"I want to get this publication into the hands of every teacher, parent, policy maker, and journalist. Thoughtful in her analysis and adept at skewering the most common misunderstandings and anxieties about teens' online lives, boyd is the best possible person to write a book like this, and this book does not disappoint in any way."
-- Henry Jenkins, coauthor of Spreadable Media: Creating Meaning and Value in a Networked Culture

"Astute, nuanced, provocative and hopeful, boyd does it all in this must-read treatise on teens and their digital lives."
-- Stephen Balkam, Founder and CEO, Family Online Safety Institute

"Finally, a book about youth and social media that actually gives youth a voice! The insights here offer unprecedented perspective for parenting and teaching in this networked world of ours."
-- Anne Collier, co-director, writer

"For the price of two grande frappucinos, you can buy this book . . . and young people will make sense."
-- Nancy Lublin, CEO,

"Impeccably researched, written and argued, this book is essential reading for anyone with even the slightest interest in teens or social media."
-- Justine Larbalestier, author of Liar and Zombies versus Unicorns

"A rare teens'-eye view into the often mystifying changes to our everyday communication, boyd's book offers a voice of reason in the often heated debates over young people and technology."
-- Mizuko Ito, University of California, Irvine

"boyd always moves beyond conventional wisdom when it comes to understanding teen online behavior. It's invaluable to have here the results of her years of study."
-- Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder, BlogHer

"Crucial reading for anyone who wants to understand the nuances and hard realities of being a teenager in our networked world."
-- Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies