AUSTIN, Texas–In a lively discussion that focused on youth and collective intelligence, noted researchers and authors Steven Johnson and Henry Jenkins officially opened South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) on Saturday in the conference’s first keynote address.Johnson, a well-known journalist and author whose books include Emergence and Everything Bad is Good for You, and Jenkins, an MIT professor who has written books like The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture and Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, talked at length about their ideas related to how youth culture is changing in the face of rapidly emerging communications technologies.Jenkins opened his remarks by saying he thinks that society is due for a wave of backlash against youth culture since he sees the current dynamic as a bit of a celebration of that culture.And while society at large may be looking on in wonder as today’s youth take modern communications tools and use them to create meaningful interaction and social change, Jenkins said parents may not feel the same way. “Never underestimate the desire of parents to see their children dumb,” Jenkins said. “It’s easy to imagine our children as failures…because they go into worlds we’re not familiar with.”His… Read full this story
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