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Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives by Urs Gasser, John Palfrey

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IDENTITIES
IDENTITY WAS ONCE A FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD MATTER. IMAGINE A SIXTEEN-year-old living several hundred years ago, in the agrarian age. She had a home in a remote village. She had two forms of identity: a personal identity and a social identity. Her personal identity derived from the attributes that made her unique: her personal characteristics, her special interests, her favorite activities. By contrast, her family members, friends, and neighbors contributed to her social identity. These members of the community were responding, in part, to the way she portrayed herself to them in person. They could set eyes on her, and they based their judgments of who she was on what they saw. She expressed her identity through her dress, her manner ...

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