danah boyd

  • Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts
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

danah boyd is an internationally recognized authority on the ways people use networked social media as a context for social interaction — who inhabits the world of online social network sites, what they do there, and why..

danah researches how social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube are integrated into people's daily practices. Much of her work focuses on American youth practices, popular social network sites, and sociality. She also studies blogging, media making and social media more broadly.

Her new book is It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. In this eye-opening book, danah uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Her conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, teachers, and others who work with teens but also for anyone interested in the impact of emerging technologies on society, culture, and commerce in years to come.