Cool Cultures and Mediocre Messages: Differential Impact of the Media on Delinquency

Livy Visano, York University

This presentation examines the different levels of accommodation/resistance that youths negotiate with various media (eg internet, electronic, print, etc.) Based on data collected on the use of the media by street and school youth, it is argued that youth cultures adopt prevailing cultural values regarding "coolness" to an extreme--a finding that contradicts extant youth research on resistance and suggests more critical directions for delionquency theorizing.

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