Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (Google eBook)

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U of Minnesota Press, 2008 - 248 pages
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In the nineties, neoliberalism simultaneously provided the context for the Internet’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. Today’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 people’s racial, ethnic, and gender identity.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 Internet and coeditor, with Beth Kolko and Gilbert Rodman, of Race in Cyberspace.

  

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

In Digitizing Race (2008), Lisa Nakamura explores gender and race identity formation in various digital media, employing visual culture studies. As Nakamura explains it, visual culture studies ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andy Oram - Goodreads

An impressionistic and rambling review of several, barely related communities or Internet activities, this book says very little about Internet culture and its online representations. It is mostly a ... Read full review

Contents

Digital Racial Formations and Networked Images of the Body
1
1 Ramadan Is Almoast Here The Visual Culture of AIM Buddies Race Gender and Nation on the Internet
37
2 Alllooksame? Mediating Visual Cultures of Race on the Web
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3 The Social Optics of Race and Networked Interfaces in The Matrix Trilogy and Minority Report
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4 Avatars and the Visual Culture of Reproduction on the Web
131
Users Identity and Cultural Difference in the United States
171
The RacioVisual Logic of the Internet
202
Notes
211
Bibliography
227
Publication History
239
Index
241
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