Digitizing Race Visual Cultures of the Internet

ISBN-10: 0816646139

ISBN-13: 9780816646135

Edition: 2008

Authors: Lisa Nakamura

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In the nineties, neoliberalism simultaneously provided the context for the Internetrsquo;s rapid uptake in the United States and discouraged public conversations about racial politics. At the same time many scholars lauded the widespread use of text-driven interfaces as a solution to the problem of racial intolerance. Todayrsquo;s online world is witnessing text-driven interfaces such as e-mail and instant messaging giving way to far more visually intensive and commercially driven media forms that not only reveal but showcase peoplersquo;s racial, ethnic, and gender identity. nbsp; Lisa Nakamura, a leading scholar in the examination of race in digital media, uses case studies of popular yet rarely examined uses of the Internet such as pregnancy Web sites, instant messaging, and online petitions and quizzes to look at the emergence of race-, ethnic-, and gender-identified visual cultures. nbsp; While popular media such as Hollywood cinema continue to depict nonwhite nonmales as passive audiences or consumers of digital media rather than as producers, Nakamura argues the contrary-with examples ranging from Jennifer Lopez music videos; films including the Matrix trilogy, Gattaca, and Minority Report; and online joke sites-that users of color and women use the Internet to vigorously articulate their own types of virtual community, avatar bodies, and racial politics. nbsp; Lisa Nakamura is associate professor of speech communication and Asian American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internetand coeditor, with Beth Kolko and Gilbert Rodman, of Race in Cyberspace.
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List price: $19.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 12/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 5.95" wide x 9.00" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: Digital Racial Formations and Networked Images of the Body
"Ramadan Is Almoast Here!" The Visual Culture of AIM Buddies, Race, Gender, and Nation on the Internet
Alllooksame? Mediating Visual Cultures of Race on the Web
The Social Optics of Race and Networked Interfaces in The Matrix Trilogy and Minority Report
Avatars and the Visual Culture of Reproduction on the Web
Measuring Race on the Internet: Users, Identity, and Cultural Difference in the United States
Epilogue: The Racio-Visual Logic of the Internet
Publication History
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