Racial politics in the age of new media

Thank you Colin, and thanks to the entire class, for a lively discussion of Robert P. Jones’ Self-Segregation: Why It’s So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson The Atlantic, Aug 2014; and danah boyd’s White Flight in Networked Publics? How Race and Class Shaped American Teen Engagement with MySpace and Facebook (2011) – a chapter in Race After the Internet (eds. Lisa Nakamura and Peter A. Chow-White).

The two readings certainly spurned some interesting conversation about the politics of race in American society, and how the contentious nature of that “conversation” is amplified by our new media toolimages4DOF0f2s.  In the age of vigilante justice and public shaming, from #hashtag identity to micro aggressive tweets, we must ask ourselves if the inability to understand beyond difference has increased in the internet age.  What kinds of literacies are needed to push back on the “sound byte essentialisms” that proliferate so easily with the mere tap/swipe of a screen?  How do our networks represent (or misrepresent) our beliefs about society and the contributions we seek to make?  Thanks to all of you for some thoughtful (and invested) blogging this week.  I continue to learn from your writing.

I am glad we did a quick run through regarding each of your contributions to the final class project.  I think most of you are settled with your individual plans for the project.  It seems the majority of you are already working on your own “new media adventure” or your own “trial and tribulation” installment.

Next up:

For our final installment of the “selfie culture” section of the course, Jessica & Maria will lead us through Chapters 2 & 3 of Jill Walker Rettberg’s Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves, Palgrave Connect, October 2014.  

-Blog another thoughtful response and please remember to tweet your blog to our #NewMediaStudies hashtag.

-You should be continuing your work on your “new media trial run” for the final class project.  Remember, you will want to develop some account of your experience and offer some findings (learning outcomes) based on your efforts/experience.  Keep in mind that this is indeed a multi-modal writing project -links, images, videos should enhance your text.  Just think of this writing as a -well developed, -well written, -resource laden, thoroughly “linked out” blog post on your new new media experience.  Please shoot for a rough draft of this work by April 13th.  At that time, we will plan for some in class peer review work on this project.

-We will be planning our work for the upcoming “Air B N Me” #Netprov experiment in the second half of our next class period.

Happy Easter weekend,

Dr. Zamora



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