chapter  4
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Mediated Civic Engagement |

Frank is a 15-year-old boy from the midwestern United States who feels passionate about network neutrality. In a convincing video blog, he warns that if corporations are allowed to discriminate and invoke unfair fees for Internet services, opportunities for exchanging diverse information will be threatened. Wendy, a 16-year-old girl from the east coast of the United States, creates an informative documentary about a dilapidated park in an Asian neighborhood. She invites community dialogue about how it could be improved. Max, a 14-year-old boy also from the east coast who dreams of being a filmmaker, creates a powerful mashup about events that he calls the “Palestinian Holocaust.” He raises awareness about the effects of war and human rights issues in the Middle East. His video elicits hundreds of comments exhibiting diverse opinions that often differ from his own.