Digital generation? Giovani e nuove tecnologie della comunicazione, al di là degli stereoptipi
| STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2012 - 1
P. Aroldi, Digital generation? Young people and new communication technologies, beyond the
Young people seem to have a peculiar relationship with Information and Communication
Technologies (ICTs), and some scholars are accostumed to refer to them as a generation of «digital
natives». Such a rhetoric approach, very common in social discourses, is here questioned
because it tends to hide the complexity of the sociological notion of «generation» and the differences
still standing among young people about digital and internet literacies: a sort of digital
divide in access and uses, affecting both intragenerational and intergenerational relationships.
Digital competences for identity expression, social and political participation, learning and creativity
are evaluated as far as tools for empowering youth’s agency and life-chances, focussing on
conflicting dynamics of emancipation, on the one side, and reproduction of social, economic and
cultural capitals of the families, on the other side.
Key words: Youth, ICTs, internet, agency, digital divide, generations.