Digital fluency and social change, at any age
An update on Social Citizens
By ALLISON FINE
Social Citizens BETA is a paper commissioned by The Case Foundation in early 2008 to help bring attention to the ways that young people are using new, social media to affect social change. The notion of young people as “Social Citizens” comes from the intersection of several elements: the 70 million plus Millennials or Gen Y (15-29 year olds) who are the largest living generation and having a quiet but profound impact on society, the panoply of social media tools in which they are fluent, and a culture, as I wrote in the paper, that is marinating in social causes. This combination results in an enormous number of idealistic, passionate, active, digitally fluent Social Citizens who are changing the world one Tweet, one ping, one Facebook update, and one political campaign at a time.
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