The human search engine

March 29th, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m working my way through danah boyd’s recent book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and really enjoy it.  It describes the Internet in a way that feels like it actually is, situated somewhere between our worst fears, and highest aspirations for technology.  Framing youth through their use of social media also serves to […]

Youth migrate online as they lose IRL social space

January 16th, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

As I’ve been thinking about ad-hoc basketball hoops in my Chicago neighborhood, one of the frames for these devices is that of the creation and loss of public space for youth.  This year there’s been a ton of media coverage about how youth engage with the Internet and social media, much of it problematizing a […]

New address, same concerns

September 30th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I contributed a bit of reporting to this story written by Ian Fullerton.  It was originally published in Skyline on September 29, 2010.  I covered the closing of the original location of Pie Hole Pizza Joint for the Medill News Service in May 2010. New address, same concerns Pie Hole Pizza Joint gets chilly welcome […]

Know Your Basics Blog

December 3rd, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Some youth in Bloomington, working with the Middleway House, have started a blog about their perspectives on equality in sexual relationships. The blog is at

H-T coverage of juvenile justice forum

October 17th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I don’t have the time or energy right now to process yesterday’s community meeting on the building of the county juvenile facility.  I learned a lot, was pretty disheartened, and realized, more than anything, that perceptions and realities of limited resources force people with similar interests and goals to become adversaries.  This is how the […]

Questions/demands for juvenile detention center in Bloomington

October 14th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is a sketch of my thoughts on the at-this-time-ambiguous proposal for a juvenile detention center in Monroe County in preparation for the public meeting about this on Thursday.  I’ve organized my thoughts in terms of questions and demands. QUESTION: Is building our own facility the best way to keep our youth close to their […]

go outside and play

August 25th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

We’ve been playing Oh, Susquehanna pretty much every night on tour.  In part it’s a song about how childhood mobilities have been affected by a changing environment.  But, as this editorial suggests, its not just the loss of natural spaces that is changing childhood. From Remember ‘go outside and play?’ – Los Angeles Times: Increasingly, […]

“I feel the problem is that we’re not represented in our culture. We don’t create it and it’s not born of anything of us”

March 15th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

The title to this post is from a young person quoted in Susan Herrig‘s article Questioning the generational divide: Technological exoticism and adult construction of online youth identity. (In: D. Buckingham (Ed.), Youth, Identity, and Digital Media (pp. 71-94). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.) which deals with the differing perspectives of digital media from adults and […]

Non-College Kids Outsiders to Rising ‘Youth Vote’

February 28th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

From a story on All Things Considered: Since the 2000 elections, the number of young Americans going to the polls has increased steadily. This year is no different: In some states, double and triple the number of voters younger than 30 have turned out for primaries, compared with 2006. But another trend is also emerging: […]