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Distributed Blackness : African American cybercultures

Author: André L Brock, Jr.
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2020]
Series: Critical cultural communication.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An explanation of the digital practices of the black Internet From BlackPlanet to #BlackGirlMagic, Distributed Blackness places blackness at the very center of internet culture. André Brock Jr. claims issues of race and ethnicity as inextricable from and formative of contemporary digital culture in the United States. Distributed Blackness analyzes a host of platforms and practices (from Black Twitter to Instagram,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: André L Brock, Jr.
ISBN: 9781479820375 1479820377 9781479829965 147982996X
OCLC Number: 1104854766
Description: ix, 271 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Distributing Blackness: Ayo technology! Texts, identities, and Blackness --
Information inspirations: the web browser as racial technology --
"The Black purposes of space travel": Black Twitter as Black technoculture --
Black online discourse, part 1: ratchetry and racism --
Black online discourse, part 2: respectability --
Making a way out of no way: Black cyberculture and the Black technocultural matrix
Series Title: Critical cultural communication.
Responsibility: André Brock, Jr.

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"An explanation of the digital practices of the black Internet From BlackPlanet to #BlackGirlMagic, Distributed Blackness places blackness at the very center of internet culture. André Brock Jr. claims issues of race and ethnicity as inextricable from and formative of contemporary digital culture in the United States. Distributed Blackness analyzes a host of platforms and practices (from Black Twitter to Instagram, YouTube, and app development) to trace how digital media have reconfigured the meanings and performances of African American identity. Brock moves beyond widely circulated deficit models of respectability, bringing together discourse analysis with a close reading of technological interfaces to develop nuanced arguments about how "blackness" gets worked out in various technological domains. As Brock demonstrates, there's nothing niche or subcultural about expressions of blackness on social media: internet use and practice now set the terms for what constitutes normative participation. Drawing on critical race theory, linguistics, rhetoric, information studies, and science and technology studies, Brock tabs between black-dominated technologies, websites, and social media to build a set of black beliefs about technology. In explaining black relationships with and alongside technology, Brock centers the unique joy and sense of community in being black online now."--

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