Mazzarella Publishes Book on Girls and the Internet


Contributed by Sharon Mazzarella

Department of Television and Radio associate professor Sharon R. Mazzarella has published her second book, Girl Wide Web: Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Idenity. The book, which Mazzarella edited and for which she wrote two chapters, was released by Peter Lang Publishers last week.

Given the rapidly growing presence of girls online, serious academic inquiry into the relationship between girls and the Internet is imperative. Girl Wide Web is an innovative collection of cutting-edge research exploring a wide sweep of issues related to the ways adolescent girls interact with the Internet. Employing a range of methodologies and theoretical perspectives primarily within cultural studies, the authors examine a variety of topics -- from instant messaging and web-diaries to online fan communities and Internet advertising that targets young girls. Taken together, these essays provide a rich portrait of the complex relationship among girls, the Internet, and the negotiation of identity.