Show case

Miss Nobody

15:00 — 15:20
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The show case will introduce the audience to the concept of a library project on eco behavior of schoolchildren in social media in books and reality

Alexander Pushkin Central Children's City Library collects all books for children and adolescents in which Internet communication constitutes the plot, and discusses them with their school-age audiences. Usually teenagers are surprised to learn that there are books about cyberbullying or blogger heroes, so entrenched is the negative "phone vs. book" paradigm. It suggests that all books have perfect language and classic plots, while the phone is the source of all top trends.

The second persistent prejudice that Miss Nobody Project has to deal with: modern vs. classical literature. Why write about it? About cyberbullying? About creating a blog? A novella in the form of texting? Isn’t there plenty of it in life?

"All adults are against the Internet" is another stereotype. Even 2020 failed to establish the idea of the Internet as a mere tool. There's nothing to do there. Go to the library. Most internet safety lessons taught by adults who speak in formal language are sure to be boring to teenagers.

Quite unexpectedly, books whose plot makes extensive use of social media turn out to be "neutral territory" for communication about the pain points. All the more so since the pain points vary: if a few years ago the most popular genre was anti-utopias about cyber-communication and involvement in illegal activities, now the trend is toward bullying in social media, blogging and fake accounts.

The project employs different modes of work: meetings with authors, speed open calls, focus group discussions of a particular plot, reviews, interactive sessions.

The project title, "Miss Nobody," based on Tamsin Winter's book by Polandria Publishing House, refers to the way a child feels on the Internet – anonymous, invisible, and unpunishable.