The online world is as varied as people are varied in their moral views, their economic circumstances and their social structures. In the video below, Director Lee Rainie discusses social, economic, and political trends especially among the younger generation that have given rise to a new and emerging class of networked citizens at Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters.

The conversation covers questions such as: How have the internet and smart phones enabled modern citizens to create information and media that help them influence others, navigate their options and create new kinds of communities? Are new tools of social media – like blogs, social network sites and texting – reshaping the very environment of media and information itself?

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Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next