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The Catfish Generation 

Wednesday, Feb 26 2014

Researcher Danah Boyd started tracking the teen experience of social media back when Friendster actually mattered. Her conclusions about the generation that has grown up breathing data like air are optimistic and generous: These kids hang out in cyberspace with their pals, share fads and crushes, and do the unsavory things that teens have always done while their parents worry and pry, as parents do. But for those like playwright Kathy Rucker, news reports of online cruelty and creepiness trump Boyd's research and are confirmation of a parent's worst nightmare. Crystal Springs, a play loosely inspired by real events, seizes on the complexities of parental concern, human connection, and bad behavior. The story, nominated for a London Fringe Festival Theatre Writing Award, begins with an end brought about by a mom who gets entangled in her daughter's social network. But fascination lies in the details which, like clicks on the Internet, lead you to corners you might not expect. Crystal Springs is directed by London's award-winning Anna Jordan, a rising star noted for tackling dark, multifaceted material about mental illness, pornography, violence, and love.

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